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Youghiogheny River Lake to Host 50th Anniversary Special Recreation Day

Pittsburgh District
Published April 29, 2024
Updated: April 29, 2024
Youghiogheny Special Recreation Day

Visitors line up for a hayride during the 49th Annual Youghiogheny Special Recreation Day in Confluence, Pennsylvania, May 4, 2023. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Pittsburgh District operates Youghiogheny River Lake. The lake’s staff, in partnership with the Friends for the Youghiogheny River Lake, received the 2023 Public Lands Alliance Partnership Award for their combined work to continuously improve recreational activities on and around the lake for visitors. Park rangers at Youghiogheny work with local organizations, schools, volunteer groups and Pennsylvania state partners year-round to host community, safety and cleanup events. The prestigious award recognized iconic parks such as Yellowstone and Blue Ridge Mountain national parks in the past. (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Pittsburgh District photo by Michel Sauret)

CONFLUENCE, Pa. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Pittsburgh District will host the 50th annual Special Recreation Day at the spillway recreation area of the Youghiogheny River Lake dam, May 2 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Special Rec. Day is an event tailored specifically to provide a range of outdoor activities and games for children and adults with special needs.                                                                             

The Youghiogheny Lake staff organizes the yearly event with several other partners, including the Lions Club International, Friends for the Youghiogheny River Lake, Pennsylvania Game Commission, Pennsylvania Waterways Conservation Officers, Turkeyfoot High School, and other volunteers.

“I look forward to Special Recreation Day every year for many reasons. I love the smile it puts on each person and how it brings the community together,” said Shaylin Dresher, a park ranger with the Youghiogheny River Lake, who has also been the lead organizer for the event this year. “Most of all, this event makes the outdoors accessible for everyone.”

The park rangers, local partners and volunteers will host various activities, including fishing at a pond stocked with trout, a tractor hayride with music on board, face painting, carnival games, and boat rides on the lake. The event will provide snacks and lunch. Youghiogheny rangers expect more than 300 people from local schools and life skills day centers to attend.

Guests must preregister for the event, and media members are welcome to cover it. For more information, contact the public affairs office at 412-395-7500.

District background:

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Pittsburgh District has operated Youghiogheny River Lake and Dam since 1944. In addition to providing residents with outdoor activity areas, building a dam along the Youghiogheny River allows the corps to manage water levels, reduce downstream flooding, address, and contain pollution concerns, and provide hydroelectric power to 8,000 homes.

Pittsburgh District’s 26,000 square miles include parts of western Pennsylvania, northern West Virginia, eastern Ohio, western Maryland, and southwestern New York. Our jurisdiction includes more than 328 miles of navigable waterways, 23 navigation locks and dams, 16 multi-purpose reservoirs, 42 local flood-protection projects, and other projects to protect and enhance the Nation’s water resources, infrastructure and environment.

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