A lake is the landscape's most beautiful and expressive feature. It is earth's eye; looking into which the beholder measures the depth of his own nature. ~Henry David Thoreau


Located a few hundred yards south of Donaldson’s Crossroads lays a unique aquatic treasure…Canonsburg Lake. Now celebrating its 70th year, come and visit, take a boat ride, enjoy some fishing, take a walk along the shore or just sit and relax and take in a beautiful sunset. It’s all here, almost in your backyard.

Now continue on to find out about the past, present and future of this little gem.



The restoration project was initiated by, and is overseen by the Canonsburg Lake Restoration and Improvement Committee, a small group of dedicated citizens, formed in 2000 to bring attention to, and find solutions for, the deteriorating condition of the lake. The group is currently working on implementing items identified in the master site development plan which was completed in 2007, in addition to fund-raising efforts for the local match. The committee operates under the auspices of the Chartiers Creek Watershed Association, a member of the Washington County Watershed Alliance.

The Washington County Watershed Alliance (WCWA) was organized in 1998 to coordinate and enhance the efforts of Washington County’s watershed groups. Tax-deductible donations and grants for the watershed groups and for Alliance projects are deposited in the WCWA accounts. WCWA is a nonprofit (501c-3) organization, incorporated in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and registered with the Pennsylvania Bureau of Charitable Organizations.

The purpose of the Chartiers Creek Watershed Association is to enhance, protect, and develop the ecosystem of the watershed in Washington County by undertaking activities to: 1)study the natural resources of the watershed; 2) develop a program to improve and maintain the water resources of the watershed; 3) promote local interest in natural resource conservation; 4) involve local support to correct problem conditions; and 5) identify federal, state, and local programs (financial, technical, and scientific) that would benefit the watershed.

Project Update

Posted by Bohn on Tuesday October 29, 2013 9:04 am



Master Site plan- A Master Site Plan has been created with funding from the PA Dept. of Conservation and National Resources.  This plan includes the addition of walking paths, parking, lighting, kiosks, landscaping, foot bridges, and a future park.  Before these recreational improvements can be initiated, and before resources could be placed on improving and restoring the Lake itself, it was important to stabilize Canonsburg Dam which was listed by the DEP as a high-hazard dam and in need of repairs to meet current safety standards.



            In progress: Chad Davis, project engineer for Baker Engineering, confirmed recently that applications for the necessary state and federal permits have been made. When approved, construction of the weir on Little Chartiers Creek where is enters the lake can begin. This structure is essential to help control sedimentation of the lake in the future.

            The Save Canonsburg Lake Committee is also proceeding with grant applications and other fund-raising to secure the remaining money needed for the project.

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McMurray PA 15317