Marilla & Gilbert Reservoirs – Recreation and Awesome Scenery
Beautiful watershed areas at Marilla and Gilbert Reservoirs, located along Rt. 346 approximately five-miles west of the City of Bradford, offer awesome scenery and a wide variety of shared recreational opportunities. Visitors are encouraged and welcomed to enjoy miles of hiking trails, in addition to canoeing, kayaking and fishing at these two reservoir areas.
New fishing piers and canoe/kayak launch areas have been added to both Marilla and Gilbert Reservoirs to enhance public access. The Marilla and Gilbert Reservoirs are also in a cooperative agreement with the PA Fish and Boat Commission for annual fish stocking. Gilbert will be under a catch and release program through 2020.
Hunting on the Bradford City Watershed is also encouraged. Ample populations of deer, turkey and a variety of small game inhabit the watershed.
The Bradford City Water Authority owns and controls 12,000 acres of pristine watershed with three surface water reservoirs totaling over one billion gallons of water reserve which have served the Bradford System since the late 1800s. These 12,000 acres of forested land produce 325 million gallons for every one inch of rainfall. Two of the Reservoirs, Marilla and Gilbert, are open for free public access.