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Welcome 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

Save Canonsburg Lake


Family Fishing Program


Learn basic fishing skills like knot tying, casting, baiting the hook, and taking a fish off the hook. 

- no fishing license required

- all equipment provided

Pre-registration is required

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We are looking for people interested in volunteering their time and expertise in

Private & Corporate Sponsors/Donors

Public Relations & Communications

Fundraising & Event Coordination

Volunteer Recruitment 



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.”

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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. 

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We are dedicated to improving Canonsburg Lake so it can be enjoyed for generations to come. Your contribution today helps us make a difference.

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