Be part of the solution to Raystown Lake pollution

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Baltimore District
Published May 1, 2023
Updated: May 1, 2023

RAYSTOWN LAKE, PA — The Friends of Raystown Lake and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) are calling on volunteers to participate in a shoreline cleanup at Raystown Lake during the annual Lake Cleanup Day, scheduled for Saturday, May 6, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Tatman Run Recreation Area (rain or shine).

Each year, volunteers remove around 2,000 pounds of trash from the shoreline to enhance the health and beauty of our important water resource. Unfortunately, cleanup day was cancelled last year due to flooding and as a result, debris on the shoreline has piled up!

“Lake Cleanup Day is a simple and effective opportunity for families, civic groups, scouts, students and individuals to volunteer and show support for their community and Raystown Lake,” said Jude Harrington, Raystown Lake project manager.

Volunteers will be provided gloves, bags and will be treated to breakfast and lunch. In an effort to reduce the use of plastic at the cleanup site, volunteers are encouraged to bring a bucket or reusable bag, and a reusable water bottle. Participants should wear closed-toe shoes, a hat, and sunscreen and should be prepared to work outside.

USACE is especially in need of volunteer boats and operators to transport volunteers and bags of trash that will be collected. All interested volunteers should contact park ranger Jenna Conner at (814) 658-6811, or by e-mail at to register and receive additional information.


Raystown Lake is the largest lake located entirely in Pennsylvania and offers 8,300 surface acres of clear water surrounded by 21,000 acres of forested mountain slopes. Raystown is a multi-purpose lake constructed and managed by USACE for flood damage reduction, recreation and natural resource opportunities, and hydropower.

Visitors come to Raystown to enjoy panoramic views of undeveloped land and waters, access to excellent public recreation facilities, and fishing and hunting opportunities. From camping and boating, to hiking and mountain biking, to striped bass fishing and whitetail deer hunting, and everything in between - Raystown offers something for everyone.

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Jenna Conner
(814) 658-6811

Release no. 23-004