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Saving Canonsburg Lake for future generations

Southwestern Pennsylvania residents have enjoyed the numerous opportunities that Canonsburg Lake has provided them since the Lake was built by ALCOA in 1943.   Unfortunately over the last 70 years, a significant amount of sediment has been deposited in the Lake.  This has reduced the extent and depth of the Lake and has limited the diversity of habitat the Lake can support. This has had a detrimental effect on aquatic organisms, wildlife, and has reduced the usage of the Lake for recreational opportunities. The community is committed to “Saving Canonsburg Lake” but more money is needed.  Ongoing financial support and community endorsements are vital.  The Lake is located within two communities, Peters and North Strabane Townships.  Their partnership along with Washington County, has gained support and funding.  The Lake is managed by the PA Fish and Boat Commission.

Canonsburg Lake is a unique and valuable community resource.  Whether you fish, bird watch, boat, or simply enjoy observing the peaceful serenity that water provides, this lake holds special meaning and countless memories.  This history must be preserved.  For over 10 years, a small group of dedicated citizens, the “Canonsburg Lake Restoration & Improvement Committee” have committed to preserving this valuable resource by stimulating interest from a variety of groups with a shared vision for a restored and improved Lake.  

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.

Canonsburg Dam Stabilization-In 2012, a $2million dollar project to stabilize the dam was overseen by the PA Fish and Boat Commission with a state H2o grant.  Work was completed by Michael Baker, Jr. Inc., an engineering firm selected for the design and oversight of this Lake restoration work. They continue to work on the design and implementation of Phases One and Two.

Phase One Ground Breaking - Canonsburg Lake Restoration-Phase one will include a project to help prevent additional silt and tree debris from entering the Lake.  It is likely that this phase will begin sometime in 2014.  This is an important, critical step in making the Lake more navigable.  As part of this phase, a weir will be installed in the upstream portion of the Lake to create an area so that sediment and debris can be routinely removed from the Lake.   An access road will be constructed to facilitate sediment removal.  A ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the initiation of Phase One is planned for 2014.  Dates for this event will be posted on our website (www.savecanonsburglake.org) and on various signs throughout the community.

Phase Two-Canonsburg Lake Improvement - Phase two will involve dredging sediment and removing tree debris, thus increasing the depth of the Lake to be more habitable for fish and more navigable for fishermen and boaters.    As this phase is completed, visitors to the Lake will see noticeable benefits.   In addition to the increased water depth, walking trails along the Lake will be enhanced to observe the peaceful serenity and wildlife along the Lake. This phase will be costly. Donations will dictate the extent of the dredging. Work is scheduled to begin in 2014.


Canonsburg Lake Restoration &
Improvement Committee

“Save Canonsburg Lake”


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