Beach near dam
Youghiogheny River Lake
Spanning the Mason-Dixon line between Pennsylvania and Maryland lies Youghiogheny River Lake. Experience the clean waters, mountains and steep-sided valleys that provide wonderful outdoor recreation opportunities.
Yough Lake was formed by damming the Youghiogheny River at Confluence, PA, and is a project of the US Army Corps of Engineers. It is popular for boating, hunting, camping, and exploring the outdoors.
Fishermen love the numerous coves and backwater areas along the lake. Inhabited by a large variety of game and panfish, the lake is especially known as a hotspot for walleye and smallmouth bass. The tail waters of the dam are very popular for trout fishing. Yough Lake's outflow area is one of the few areas in Pennsylvania open for trout fishing year round (except for the two weeks immediately preceding Opening Day) and is stocked by the Fish and Boat Commission on a regular basis throughout the spring and summer.
For those who prefer to propel their boats with a paddle, the Youghiogheny River has plenty to offer. From the outflow area of the dam and extending for approximately 20 miles downstream, paddlers can enjoy one of the most popular rafting and canoeing rivers in the eastern United States. The boulder strewn stretch of river below Ohiopyle, Pennsylvania, is renowned for its whitewater and is often the scene of national kayaking competitions.
A license has been granted to the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission for fish management purposes in the Pennsylvania portion of the lake. The Fish Commission has also developed and maintains the Jockey Hollow Boat Launching Area.
The average depth of the lake is about 54 feet and the
maximum depth is about 121 feet.
• All major coves are No Wake areas.
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Spillway Recreation Area
Fees & Licenses
Motorboats must display a boat registration from any state. Non-powered boats must display one of the following: boat registration from any state; launching permit or mooring permit from Pennsylvania State Parks that are available at most state park offices; launch use permit from the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission.A fishing license is required for people ages 16 and older.
From Confluence, PA, go .5 miles south on PA 281.
The above information is from www.thealleghenies.com
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