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 love of the outdoors. Outstanding
facilities provided for the public's convenience enhance the experience.
Boaters consider Yough Lake, with all its 16 mile length and channels
up to one-half mile wide, the best power boating and water-skiing
lake in southwestern Pennsylvania.
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 tailwaters 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
Even if you're just out for an afternoon drive, you can stop for
a lakeside picnic at one of Yough Lake's four picnic areas
then tour the project and enjoy the scenery as well as the other
numerous points of interest which are within a short drive of the
lake. Yough Lake is especially breathtaking during the first half
of October when fall foliage colors are at their peak.
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 is 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