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.


Posted by floyd2 on Thursday July 26, 2018 7:19 pm

Right now our primary goal is to raise $3 million to dredge a portion of Canonsburg Lake to remove accumulated sediment. By dredging the lake from the causeway bridge upstream, we will improve the habitat and expand the areas of the lake useful for recreation. Over time all manmade lakes require dredging to remove sediment if they are to remain a lake, and Canonsburg Lake has never been dredged in its 75 years of existence. During this time, this area has experienced significant building growth and numerous destructive storms depositing sediment and debris. By installing a weir in 2016, we have provided a collection point for some of the sediment and debris carried into Canonsburg Lake from Little Chartiers Creek. However, we still have decades worth of sediment that needs to be removed.

Sediment removal will allow us to boat, fish, and enjoy the beauty of the lake for generations to come.

While we are primarily focused on raising money to cover the cost of dredging, we continue to work on ways to improve visitors’ experience at Canonsburg, such minimizing debris washing up in parking lot and improving maintenance of the lake.

 As of March 2018, we have raised about 10% of our goal. To reach our goal we need your help; you can help by donating, coming to our events, sharing our information, coming up with ideas for fundraisers, and volunteering

Canonsburg Lake Restoration &
Improvement Committee

“Save Canonsburg Lake”

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Canonsburg Lake Restoration & Improvement Committee
760 Lakeside Dr
McMurray PA 15317