Colyer Lake - Present Day

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Mission Statement

Save Colyer Lake Inc., is a Non-Profit organization dedicated to the quick repair and restoration of the Colyer Lake Dam. We strongly believe the Lake is an important community, recreational and environmental resource in Centre County. We will demonstrate public support for this cause in collaboration with the Governor of Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania General Assembly and the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission.

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May 8th Public Meeting

Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFAB), had a meeting to inform the public of the status of Colyer Lake repairs. The meeting was on Thursday, May 8, 2014 @ 6:00pm at the PENNS VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL.

We would like to thank the PFAB for providing time to inform the public as to the upcoming changes to Colyer Lake, as well as their support in rehabilitating and repairing Colyer Lake. We would also like to thank Representative Kerry Benninghoff, who was also in attendance, as well as Senator Jake Corman and his staff for their continued political support on saving Colyer Lake. As time progresses over the next year, updates will be posted to this site as to the ongoing status at Colyer Lake for the restoration and repairs. Photos will also be posted as to show how the work is progressing. For now, here is a Proposed Timeline as provided by the PFAB. Once again, THANKS TO EVERYONE that have helped, printed, sweated, rowed, biked, hiked, jogged and gave their time and efforts in helping to save Colyer Lake!!!!

Proposed Rehabilitation Timeline

Design - Complete April 2014
Permits - Issued May 2014
Funding - SECURED !
Department of General Services Advertisement & Award - June/July 2014
Lake Drawdown & Fish Salvage - August/September 2014 (The day after Labor Day September 2nd)
Dam Construction, Lake Liming & Habitat Improvements - September 2014 through August 2015
Refill Lake - December 2015 through June 2016
Fishing and Boating - June 12th 2016 !

Latest Update on Lake Colyer

The contractors finished right on schedule, and on budget in December 2015. The Dam is FULLY restored!

The refilling of the lake began on 12-21-2015. There were several interruptions that occurred during the refilling. Everyone wanted to protect the new "structures" put in place at the lake to enhance the fishing, from being damaged by ice. Now that the ice season has passed, the refilling is back on track.

Save Colyer Lake, Inc. is still working on an on-going plan to build a complete hking/biking trail around the Lake. The stream crossings across Sinking Creek would require hefty permits and construction costs, so we will be incorporating existing bridges, but this should be a great addition to the Lake. A timetable for the construction, and a cost, are not yet known. This project will be Save Colyer Lake's HIGHEST PRIORITY project. The Centre County Planning Office, through Planner Mike Bloom, is mustering the information for us to apply for two separate Grants from the Commonwealth, to help with these amenities. The level of servcies we can install, will be dependent upon whether we can successfully capture one/both of those Grants.

This is an event that all of you in the community have worked extra hard to see come true! The lake is SAVED! (And, it is almost entirely filled!!!!)

At 1 p.m. on June 12th at the North access area, a ceremony officially reopening the lake will be held. Speakers will include Save Colyer Lake President Tom Kistler and PFBC Executive Director John Arway. Other public officials invited to attend the event include Sen. Jake Corman, Reps. Kerry Benninghoff and Mike Hanna, county commissioners and local township representatives.

Following the welcoming remarks, local outdoor groups will officially reopen the lake by paddling kayaks and canoes for the first time since the lake was drained in late 2014.

"We're thrilled to be able to reopen this lake for the outdoor enthusiasts in Centre County," said PFBC Executive Director Arway. "We recognize the value lakes bring to area communities in terms of tourism and quality of life. It takes a unified effort to complete a project like this and we couldn't have done it without the help of the Save Colyer Lake group and the assistance provided by the local legislators."

"Our dream is coming true," added Mr. Kistler. "The entire community will now have this wonderful resource to use and appreciate for years into the future." While the lake is currently open for canoeing and kayaking, fishing opportunities will be limited as the fishery is reestablished, a process that typically takes 3-5 years. During this time, fishing at Colyer Lake will continue to be managed under catch and release regulations.

The northern access is open for parking. The southern access is expected to be open in time for the event.

The PFBC drained the lake in late 2014 after determining that the dam was unsafe and needed to be rebuilt. The 77-acre reservoir is located in Potter Township, Centre County. It is owned by the Commonwealth and managed by the PFBC.

We would love to have all of you come out to watch the Fish and Boat Commission start the re-stocking of the lake, and to test out the waters in your boat! We have been assured that if you have not yet registered your craft, that will NOT be a problem on the 12th, as there will be a one-day lifting of the registration requirements. For safety reasons, all other boating regulations will be in force, of course.

The Centre County Youth Service Bureau, together with the Women's Adventure Club of Centre County and the Canoe Club of Centre County will be hosting a large number of youth and mentors in the Big Brother/Big Sister program, so there should be lots of activity. Parking will be provided in the grassy area just on the right before the parking lot.

Thanks for all of your caring, and support.
Thank you,
Tom Kistler, President
Save Colyer Lake, Inc.

The DAM Fundraiser, held on September 15, 2013 was a SUCCESS!!!!

We gratiously thank all those that participated and helped make the event a success.
Click on The Dam Fundraiser and Thank you to see photos of the event and recognitions page.

Wildlife at Colyer Lake

Colyer Lake is home to an abundance of wildlife as well as many species of fish, reptiles and amphibians.

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