A lake is the landscape's most beautiful and expressive feature. It is earth's eye; looking into which the beholder measures the depth of his own nature. ~Henry David Thoreau


Located a few hundred yards south of Donaldson’s Crossroads lays a unique aquatic treasure…Canonsburg Lake. Now celebrating its 70th year, come and visit, take a boat ride, enjoy some fishing, take a walk along the shore or just sit and relax and take in a beautiful sunset. It’s all here, almost in your backyard.

Now continue on to find out about the past, present and future of this little gem.



The restoration project was initiated by, and is overseen by the Canonsburg Lake Restoration and Improvement Committee, a small group of dedicated citizens, formed in 2000 to bring attention to, and find solutions for, the deteriorating condition of the lake. The group is currently working on implementing items identified in the master site development plan which was completed in 2007, in addition to fund-raising efforts for the local match. The committee operates under the auspices of the Chartiers Creek Watershed Association, a member of the Washington County Watershed Alliance.

The Washington County Watershed Alliance (WCWA) was organized in 1998 to coordinate and enhance the efforts of Washington County’s watershed groups. Tax-deductible donations and grants for the watershed groups and for Alliance projects are deposited in the WCWA accounts. WCWA is a nonprofit (501c-3) organization, incorporated in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and registered with the Pennsylvania Bureau of Charitable Organizations.

The purpose of the Chartiers Creek Watershed Association is to enhance, protect, and develop the ecosystem of the watershed in Washington County by undertaking activities to: 1)study the natural resources of the watershed; 2) develop a program to improve and maintain the water resources of the watershed; 3) promote local interest in natural resource conservation; 4) involve local support to correct problem conditions; and 5) identify federal, state, and local programs (financial, technical, and scientific) that would benefit the watershed.

Paddle PA on Canonsburg Lake

Community Event

Posted by Bohn on Sunday April 06, 2014 1:58 pm

Community Event

Paddle PA on Canonsburg Lake

June 18th, 2014 at 5pm

(Rain date June 19th at 5pm) 

End time will depend upon the number of participants 

Participation is FREE – great family fun

Preregistration required by May 31, 2014

Call Carole Milas to register: 724-413-6300 

  • Learn about life jackets & water hazards

  • Learn safe paddling skills in Kayaks or Canoes

  • Paddle on the Lake using your new skills

Instruction & equipment including life jackets

Provided by the PA Fish & Boat Commission

Dress accordingly, no flip flops, and plan to get wet

Sponsored by Canonsburg Lake Restoration & Improvement Committee

Project Update

Posted by Bohn on Tuesday October 29, 2013 9:04 am



Master Site plan- A Master Site Plan has been created with funding from the PA Dept. of Conservation and National Resources.  This plan includes the addition of walking paths, parking, lighting, kiosks, landscaping, foot bridges, and a future park.  Before these recreational improvements can be initiated, and before resources could be placed on improving and restoring the Lake itself, it was important to stabilize Canonsburg Dam which was listed by the DEP as a high-hazard dam and in need of repairs to meet current safety standards.


Canonsburg Dam Stabilization-In 2012, a $2million dollar project to stabilize the dam was overseen by the PA Fish and Boat Commission with a state H2o grant.  Work was completed by Michael Baker, Jr. Inc., an engineering firm selected for the design and oversight of this Lake restoration work. They continue to work on the design and implementation of Phases One and Two.


Phase One Ground Breaking -Canonsburg Lake Restoration-Phase one will include a project to help prevent additional silt and tree debris from entering the Lake.  It is likely that this phase will begin sometime in 2014.  This is an important, critical step in making the Lake more navigable.  As part of this phase, a weir will be installed in the upstream portion of the Lake to create an area so that sediment and debris can be routinely removed from the Lake.   An access road will be constructed to facilitate sediment removal.  A ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the initiation of Phase One is planned for 2014.  Dates for this event will be posted on our website (www.savecanonsburglake.org) and on various signs throughout the community.


Phase Two-Canonsburg Lake Improvement-Phase two will involve dredging sediment and removing tree debris, thus increasing the depth of the Lake to be more habitable for fish and more navigable for fishermen and boaters.    As this phase is completed, visitors to the Lake will see noticeable benefits.   In addition to the increased water depth, walking trails along the Lake will be enhanced to observe the peaceful serenity and wildlife along the Lake. This phase will be costly. Donations will dictate the extent of the dredging. Work is scheduled to begin in 2014.

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McMurray PA 15317