Recreational Activities Abound
The forest may be green, but there’s plenty of blue water in this neck of the woods. Put in a canoe, launch the kayak, or start up the motor… Our area offers something for everyone.
Totally surrounded by forest, Kinzua Dam and Allegheny Reservoir are at the heart of one of the largest and most popular outdoor recreation complexes in the northeastern United States.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers invites you to visit the reservoir and discover a diversity of year-round recreational opportunities that will delight the outdoor enthusiast.
The Allegheny Reservoir spans the border between Pennsylvania and New York. In Pennsylvania, the reservoir is completely surrounded by the Allegheny National Forest; and in New York State by Allegany State Park and the Allegany Indian Reservation of the Seneca Nation.
The Kinzua-Wolf Run Marina and six boat launches located within the National Forest provide ready access onto the waters of the reservoirs. There are also two swim beaches and several scenic picnic areas available for a day of fun and relaxation with family and friends. House boat rentals are available from the Kinzua Wolf Run Marina.
Camping / Lodging
The Allegheny National Forest (ANF) provides thousands of acres of outdoor fun in both developed recreation areas and rustic backwoods sites. Ten campgrounds of varying sizes and facilities are available. The Dewdrop, Kiasutha, Red Bridge, Tracy Ridge, and Willow Bay campgrounds provide campsites suitable for trailers and motor homes as well as tents. The remaining five campgrounds are only accessible by either hiking or boating. These sites provide a rustic setting for lake shore camping and a convenient stop-over while hiking the North Country National Scenic Trail or one of several loop trails which traverse the National Forest.
The Allegheny Reservoir produced the New York and Pennsylvania State Record for walleye, and New York State’s Record Channel Catfish was caught in the Allegheny River.
The forest, which encompasses 513,257 acres, is within easy driving distance of several metropolitan areas in New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Ontario, Canada. A wide choice of lodging, dining and visitor services are readily available in the nearby towns of Bradford, Kane, Marshburg and Lantz Corners. Over 600 miles of trails crisscross the ridges and valleys of the Allegheny National Forest. It provides opportunities for hunting, fishing, swimming, hiking, camping, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, boating, mountain biking, riding ATV’s, boat/camping and more.
Allegheny National Forest
Bradford Ranger Office
Marshburg, PA 16701
In nearby New York State, Allegany State Park’s 65,000 acres contains two major recreation areas and many opportunities for outdoor recreation. Allegany’s recreation areas also provide hiking, biking and cross-country skiing trails, picnic areas, and swim beaches. Almost the entire portion of Allegheny’s New York shoreline is bounded by the Allegany Indian Reservation of the Seneca Nation of Indians. The Seneca Indians have a long and rich history in the area. A museum containing exhibits on the history, culture, and folklore of the Seneca is located in the city of Salamanca.
Allegany State Park
2373 ASP, Rte 1, Suite 3
Salamanca, NY 14779
Seneca Nation of Indians
G.R. Plummer Building
P.O. Box 231
Salamanca, NY 14779
West of Bradford on Route 59, this important flood control dam has created a vast waterway known as the Allegheny Reservoir. Completed in 1965 by the US Army Corps of Engineers, the 25-Mile elongated lake fills nearly 100 miles of forested shoreline. Recreational opportunities at Kinzua are legendary: picture a sparkling lake surrounded by forest and you have the perfect setting for your next vacation.
Day-to-Day operations of the flood control dam take place on the site. Visitors are welcome to walk out onto a portion of the dam to take photographs and view the sights. Groups, with advance reservations, may tour the structure depending on the availability of project personnel.