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All Interested Parties: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Baltimore District (USACE-Baltimore) is in the process of updating the Master Plan for the Raystown Lake Project, a USACE facility located on the Raystown Branch of the Juniata River, in Huntingdon and Bedford Counties, Pennsylvania. USACE is preparing an environmental assessment (EA) in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended, to assess the impact of the Master plan Revision to the human environment.

The draft EA is expected to be publicly released in Fall 2019. The purpose of this notice is to inform the public of the initiation of the preparation of an EA for the Raystown Lake Project Master Plan. We request that federal and state agencies provide information concerning interests within your organization’s area of responsibility or expertise, and the public provide information that may be pertinent to this assessment, to an address listed below within 30 days from the date of this notice. If you have any questions, please contact Terrence G. Harrington at (410) 962-1846 or by e-mail at terrence.g.harrington@usace.army.mil. Additionally, questions may be mailed to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Planning Division, Subject: Raystown Project, 2 Hopkins Plaza, Baltimore, MD 21201.

To access the full Study Initiation Notice, click here. 

Raystown Master Plan Revision Overview

Work is underway now to revise the Master Plan for Raystown Lake.  While legislation contained in the 2016 Water Infrastructure Improvement for the Nation Act (WIIN), Section 1309, requires the Master Plan for the Raystown Lake be updated, the revision is part of a larger, Corps-wide effort to bring master plans up to date across the country.  The primary goals of the Raystown Lake Master Plan revision are to prescribe an overall land use management plan, resource objectives, and associated design and management concepts for the Raystown Lake Project.  The current Master Plan for Raystown Lake dates back to 1994. 

A Master Plan is the strategic land use management document that guides the comprehensive management and development of all project recreational, natural and cultural resources throughout the life of the water resource development project. The Master Plan includes land use classifications that govern the way land is managed and used to provide good stewardship and outdoor recreation to meet the needs created by the lake itself.  A complete Master Plan revision is initiated when required based on age or substantial changes to the project. The revised Master Plan will be a project-centered document designed to provide a framework for consistent, responsible decision-making for 15-25 years. The new Master Plan will be shorter and more concise than the 1994 plan.  It's important to note that a Master Plan does not plan or approve changes or improvements to the flood risk management, hydropower, navigation and water supply functions.  

Use the form to the bottom right to tell us your answers to the following questions based on the below zone map:

Question 1: What recreation opportunities (ie. camping, boat ramp parking, hiking trails, etc.) would you like to see in each zone?

Question 2: What environmental stewardship opportunities (ie. protection and enhancement, hunting and fishing opportunities, land management initiatives, etc.) would you like to see in each zone? 

Question 3: Do you have a major concern about each zone?

Question 4: What do you value in each zone?


Raystown Lake Master Plan Revision Public Meetings Schedule

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Raystown Lake hosted the surrounding communities to participate in a series of public meetings on:

April 25, 2018 at 6 p.m. in the Tussey Mountain High School and April 26, 2018 at 6 p.m. in the Huntingdon Area High School 

To view the presentation please click here.  To view the maps presented please click here and here.

August 2018

The Corps will also host two open house meetings in August to give the public a better opportunity for submitting their ideas, comments and feedback.  The meetings are currently scheduled for:

 Aug. 11 and 12 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Raystown Lake Visitor Center (6993 Seven Points Rd. in Hesston)

Raystown Lake Master Plan Revision Schedule

A full schedule of project milestones will be posted here soon.  

Raystown Lake Project Overview

Raystown Lake Dam is vital to the protection of downstream communities along the Juniata River and is critical to the comprehensive flood control plan of the Susquehanna River basin. Raystown also has an active natural resource program with a goal to maintain and enhance the quality of existing resources.  Raystown Lake Dam was authorized by the Flood Control Act (1962).  Raystown Lake Dam missions include:  flood control (flood damage reduction), mitigation/augmentation of water quality, hydropower, recreation and fish and wildlife preservation.  The project has prevented approximately $285 million in flood damages and receives in excess of 1.5 million annual recreation visitors.

Current recreation activities include:

  • 594 campsites
  • 10 boat launches
  • 2 full service marinas
  • 68.5 miles of trails
  • 10 picnic shelters
  • Amphitheater
  • Resort complex with cabins, water park, miniature golf, and conference center
  • Approximately 21,000 acres open to hunting and 8,300 surface acres open to fishing

Raystown Lake

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Raystown Lake
6145 Seven Points Road
Hesston, PA 16647


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To submit feedback, official comments or submit questions, please email RaystownMPrevision@usace.army.mil

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