Please join us on AmazonSmile

Welcome to Save Canonsburg Lake

Welcome to Save Canonsburg Lake

Welcome to Save Canonsburg LakeWelcome to Save Canonsburg LakeWelcome to Save Canonsburg Lake

For over 75 years, an aquatic treasure has been hiding just south of Donaldsons Crossroads.  

Now it needs your help.

Canonsburg Lake is located at the intersection of Route 19 and McDowell Lane, McMurray, PA 15317, and can be accessed from McDowell Lane.   One half of the Lake is within Peters Township.  The other half is within North Strabane Township. 

Owned and managed by PA Fish and Boat Commission


Support the Lake



You shop. 

Amazon gives. 

Amazon donates 0.5% of the price 

of your eligible AmazonSmile

purchases to the charitable 

organization of your choice.

Please support the lake by selecting

~ Canonsburg Lake Restoration 

and Improvement Association ~


Lake Clean Up


Saturday, October 19

9:00am to 2:00pm


Boy Scouts Troop 1320 will be cleaning up garbage and policing the areas near the parking lot, boat ramp and fishing areas nearby. 

Chartered by Trinity United Methodist Men’s Group, McMurray, PA

Thank you in advance for your hard work and support of the lake



Youngsters and adults, split into groups, half an hour to learn various aspects of fishing safety, manners, appreciating clean water, and releasing fish before embarking on a half an hour session of tying tackle knots and practicing casting. 

Then it was time to hit the water.

A special thank you to – 

PA Fish and Boat Commission and special agents, 

Kristi Niekamp, environmental interpretive technician and

Mandy Smith, education specialist

Harry Funk, multimedia reporter for The Almanac,  stopped by to check out the program. 

Thank you for the very nice article 

- The Almanac - residents continue efforts to save lake


. . .   “With the lake disappearing, then the ecosystem just isn’t supported. And as the southern part of the lake fills up, the silt is going to go into the northern part of the lake. It already is, but now you can’t see it,” he said. “It won’t be too many years until you’ll be able to see it accumulating there, and then the northern part of the lake will disappear.” Members of the association are working on preventive measures.

In the News



“As of several years ago it was estimated that 60 percent of [the lake’s] water capacity was gone, and 20 percent of the surface was gone".  “Our goal is to see what we can do about bringing it back as it was so it will sustain fish and other wildlife.”

Harrisburg Meeting


 Canonsburg Lake Restoration & Improvement Association travelled to Harrisburg under the banner, “Save Canonsburg Lake,” to meet with Timothy Schaeffer, Executive Director of the PA Fish and Boat Commission, Representative Bud Cook (PA District 49), PFBC legislative liaison, Julie K. Carraghan, and Representative Timothy O’Neal (PA District 48) to discuss the remediation and improvement of Canonsburg Lake.




Please call or email today!

How To Save The Lake


Access Road

In September 2016, an access road from McDowell Lane to the sediment catchment area was installed, a weir  (submerged rock structure) was installed and sediment was removed from within the sediment catchment area.


Sediment Catchment and Weir

 The sediment catchment area provides a location for debris and larger sediment to collect, which can then be removed prior to being carried into the remainder of the lake. At the end of the access road, the weir was installed within the lake. The weir was the first step in a larger sediment collection system designed to provide a localized collection point for larger sediment and debris.  


Dredging is Next

While these first steps were critical, additional dredging is still required. “Big bucks” are needed if we want to improve the Lake’s depth and the diversity of the habitat. Over time all manmade lakes require assistance to dredge accumulated sediment to maintain lake depth for habitat and recreation. Please help us continue restoration efforts.  

About Us

Who We Are


We are a community-based organization focused on reversing the decline of Canonsburg Lake. With the help of our tireless staff, we organize fundraisers, educational events, and clean-up sessions with our volunteers.

Get Involved


Are you passionate about what we're doing? Let us know! We are always looking for volunteers to help us make our vision a reality. We'll help you find a way to volunteer that best suits you. We're excited to have you join the team!

Thank You


Whether you help through monetary donations, volunteering your time, or spreading our mission through word-of-mouth, thank you. We couldn't accomplish our goals without the help of supporters like you. 


Sign up to hear from us about special events and opportunities to Save the Lake.