Fun Spot: Pymatuning Reservoir in Pennsylvania

Pymatuning Reservoir, Pennsylvania© 2009 DCNRThe Pymatuning Dam gatehouse and a bridge, both built of sandstone, date back to the opening of the reservoir in the mid-1930s.

Accessible via US-6 or US-322, north of Jamestown, Pennsylvania

Once a great swamp, the reservoir was created when the Pymatuning dam was completed in 1934. It was intended to conserve water going into the swamp, impound floodwaters, and regulate the flow of water into the Beaver and Shenango rivers. The name Pymatuning came from the Iroquois and means “the crooked mouthed man’s dwelling place,” referring to someone’s deceit.

The lake teems with activity in the summer, when warm-weather fishing is bountiful. The annual Winter Fun Days offer a whole range of winter sports, from ice fishing to cross-country skiing. Most of Pymatuning Reservoir is in northwestern Pennsylvania, but one-quarter of it rests in Ashtabula County, Ohio.

The spillway near Linesville is known as the place “where the ducks walk on the fish.” So many carp congregate to catch stale bread thrown by visitors that the ducks have no room to swim, and it looks as though they’re walking over the fish.

Open year-round.

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