RAYSTOWN LAKE, Pa. --
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Baltimore District, reopens Raystown Lake facilities after heavy rains from Hurricane Ida remnants caused significant flooding throughout the region last week.
Raystown Lake water levels increased approximately 12 feet above the normal summer pool, closing all boat access points and lakefront campsites. USACE maintenance and ranger staff have been working to prepare to reopen facilities, including reinstalling courtesy docks, removing debris from launch ramps, reconnecting utility amenities and performing additional safety inspections.
As of Friday, Sept. 10, all Raystown Lake facilities will reopen to the public. Waterfront campsites in Seven Points and Susquehannock Campgrounds reopened on Tuesday, Sept. 7, and Nancy's Boat-to-Shore Campground on Thursday, Sept. 9. The roadway through Seven Points Recreation has reopened, restoring access to the Seven Points Marina, beach, boat launches, picnic shelters, Senoia Campground and the Greenside Pathway. The Seven Points Beach is anticipated to open by Saturday, Sept. 11. Tatman Run Beach will remain closed for the season.
All public boat ramps are open and available for use, including Snyder's Run, Seven Points, Aitch, James Creek, Tatman Run, Shy Beaver and Weaver Falls.
Jude Harrington, Raystown Lake's operations manager, urges all visitors to use the utmost caution when navigating project waters. It is common to encounter floating debris, or debris just below the surface, after periods of high water.
Are you interested in helping with clean-up efforts at Raystown Lake? Join USACE and Loose Cannon Outdoors staff on National Public Lands Day, Saturday, Sept. 25, at the Tatman Run Recreation Area for the first annual Trashmaster Classic clean-up tournament.
Compete to pick up the most trash to win the grand prize and be crowned as Raystown's Trashmaster. There will be additional prizes for other categories, including most tires and most footwear collected.
Registration is free but is limited to 30 boats. To secure your registration, sign up for the first-ever Trashmaster Classic by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org to receive the registration form and event rules.
Please monitor the Raystown Lake webpage and Raystown Lake's Facebook page for additional information.
If you have any questions or concerns, please call the Raystown Lake Ranger Office at 814-658-6809.
Raystown Lake park ranger interpreting debris collecting at PA994 bridge.