Decision Made on Irwin Run Canoe Launch Project in Allegheny National Forest

The US Department of Agriculture, Forest Service made the decision to expand and define parking at the Irwin Run Canoe Launch in Spring Creek Township, Elk County, Pennsylvania.  The project will help eliminate overflow parking onto State Road 3002, redirect traffic to a one-way flow through the parking area, establish an outfitter-guide drop-off zone for canoes and other watercraft, provide better toilet facilities, enhance the canoe access at the canoe launch, and result in an improved recreational experience for visitors to Allegheny National Forest.

The Forest Service is also proposing to remove a large culvert on Irwin Run associated with the abandoned Clarion River Railroad. The culvert is upstream of the bridge on State Route 3002 that crosses Irwin Run. Removal of the culvert will restore the natural streambed improving aquatic organism passage, the stream channel, and floodplain functions. The project will result in reduced flooding. Upstream of the culvert stream habitat improvement work will be completed along 4.9 miles of Irwin Run and its tributaries. The work will benefit a cold-water fishery with natural wild trout reproduction as well as salamanders, frogs, crayfish, and other animals that travel along stream corridors.  

The Forest Service accepted public comments for the Irwin Run Canoe Launch project in the Marienville Ranger District of the Allegheny National Forest from September 7, 2022, to October 8, 2022. Comments were received in support of and against various elements of the project. All comments were considered as part of the decision process.

With this decision, the Forest Service will next develop design and construction documents as well as funding proposals to expand the canoe launch and restore Irwin Run. Additional information on this decision can be found on the Allegheny National Forest website at: https://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=60626. If you would like more information, please contact Rob Fallon, District Ranger, at (814) 927-5799 or rob.fallon@usda.gov.