Loyalhanna Lake

  • June 30, 2013 · 10:00 AM

Meet at Bush Recreation Area. we can paddle up current a couple miles for seeing wildlife. then go down current of Bush Rec for swimming or whatever. water temp should be in the low 80s. ever really try using your PFD in deep water to know how well it fits and works?

Directions:

Bush Recreation Area is 3.6 miles North of Route 22 at New Alexandria. 

From Rt 22 at the traffic light in New Alexandria turn north onto Rt 981, i.e. turn left if heading east on Rt 22 from Monroeville. There is a Sheetz store at this intersection. 

Go 1.1 mile, turn left onto Bush Road at the Y intersection and stop sign after the bottom of hill.

Go 2.5 mile on Bush Road, winding through Mannitto golf course. 

Slow down after you pass some houses on the right.

Turn left onto Boat Dock Rd at a bend in the road, into Bush Recreation Area. There is a sign.

Head down to the far lower corner of the parking lot, close to the water.

You don't have to stop at the fee hut. That is for trailered motor boats that make use of the boat docks and launch ramp facilities.

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  • Louisa

    Finally did this trip today, from the launch you guys used, up to the reservoir, and back. Incredibly beautiful. No snakes, but plenty of herons escorting us north-bound.

    August 10, 2013

  • Gerry

    For those who don't know where the New Alexandria launch is: start from Rt22 West of New Alexandria, where Ft119 goes south towards Crabtree & Greensburg. Follow Rt119 a very short distance (50yds?), you'll come to a four-way intersection, old Rt22 & 119, Southbound 119 doesn't have a stop sign at this intersection and you'll see Speals Tavern at the Southeast corner. Turn left (East) and follow the road, go under the stone archway, you'll see a parking area directly in front of you and the Loyalhanna Creek will be down over the hill. Don't go right and continue to follow the road. Keep in mind if there's flood conditions you may not be able to access the parking area as it may be under water. I've seen the creek up to where old 119 meets old 22, just before the stone archway. Sorry you couldn't find us Louisa, it would have been very nice to have you join us.

    1 · July 1, 2013

    • Tim V.

      i thought i had all the bases covered in planning this meetup. i had even called the loyalhanna dam park office on thursday before the meetup, and was told the bush rec. would be open. water levels were falling. the water levels had never gotten truly high. no flooding had occurred in the loyalhanna watershed that i know of, and i live in latrobe near the loyalhanna creek. any flooding would have been in the up reaches of the watershed, would have been very localized and of very brief duration, and would not have effected down stream areas.

      July 4, 2013

    • Tim V.

      i was running alittle late to get to bush rec for the meetup, but was there before 10 AM. anyone meeting for a meetup should stay at the prearranged meetup place till the meetup time, or till 10 or 15 minutes after meetup time.

      July 4, 2013

  • BOB ".

    IT WAS A GOOD TRIP! TIM LET ME KNOW WHEN YOU PLAN A TRIP FROM SALTSBURG TO TUNNELTON BRIDGE.

    July 1, 2013

    • Tim V.

      thanks for coming! we all got a good upper body workout.

      July 1, 2013

  • Tim V.

    the loy lake level at 10 AM was[masked] ft, and falling. it fell to[masked] ft by 7 P. the 929 ft is not high water at Bush Rec. i have seen it higher w/o Bush Rec being closed. the 929 ft level is only 20% of the max level (vertically). that is not high. there were no hazards present for canoes or kayaks. i had called the loyalhanna dam park office Thursday 6/27/13 at 11:44 AM, and spoke with a person there for 2 minutes and 24 seconds. (cell phone dialed call) i was left with the impression there would be no problems with taking a group of kayakers accessing the lake from Bush Recreation Area.

    June 30, 2013

  • Louisa

    Tremendous pictures! So sorry I never figured out where the New Alex launch was. Glad you guys had a great paddle!

    June 30, 2013

  • Gerry

    In spite of the unexpected turn of events, this was an interesting float. My first time seeing Ospreys and the snake made the trip worth it. So much difference between the canoe and kayak, and noticeable difference between the 220 & 235 paddles. I think the only ways I could get more 'speed' would be to switch to a 240 paddle or get a narrower boat or both. Either way it's great to be meeting new people. GPS is proving useful also.

    June 30, 2013

  • Tim V.

    we had beautiful weather. could not have been better, sunshine the whole time. rain and clouds did not move in until we were off the water. we were on the water from about 11 AM to about 3 PM.

    1 · June 30, 2013

  • Tim V.

    this meetup was scheduled to be a 2 mile up current paddle, and an equal length return paddle down current, for a total of about 4 miles, 5 max. that is what folks RSVPd for. because the USACE decided to deny access to the lake for canoes and kayaks at Bush Recreation Area, we were obliged to put in at New Alexandria, paddle down current 4.78 miles to see the Osprey, and return paddle 4.78 miles against the current. as a result, this turned into a 10 mile paddle. more than what folks signed on for.

    June 30, 2013

  • Tim V.

    surprise surprise. the USACE decided to close Bush Recreation Area because the lake level was up some. we were denied access to the water at Bush Rec. this is a first in my decades of paddling there, canoing and kayaking . never before had i seen access denied to the water at Bush Rec for canoes and kayaks. for me it was unprecedented, and baffling. i have seen the water much higher and in cold weather and access not denied. truly uncalled for. the lake needs to be closed to high speed motor boats because of high water debris, some of it floating, some of it semi-submerged, some of it fully submerged but just beneath the water's surface. hazards to motorized boats. not hazards to slow moving, shallow draft canoes and kayaks. it was a first.

    June 30, 2013

  • Louisa

    New Alex launch?

    June 30, 2013

  • Sharon P.

    sorry something came up and I won't be able to attend.

    June 30, 2013

  • Tim V.

    automated update on loy dam conditions is at[masked]

    June 29, 2013

  • Jan

    We're a maybe...Tony & Jan

    June 29, 2013

  • Tim V.

    this might sound silly, but i will be carrying one of those small umbrellas. comes in handy during one of those brief but intense and drenching summer popup downpours. helps keep rain out the cockpit if you don't have a skirt. done it before and was glad of it.

    June 29, 2013

  • Tim V.

    currently the loy creek at kingston is 3.8 ft falling.
    dam pool 929.8 ft, falling (max is 975', summer recreation pool 920')
    the loy dam tailwater gage isn't reporting. wish it would get working.
    con r at tunnelton 4.78 ft
    kiski r at vandergrift 7.33 ft
    loy tailwater probably around 4 to 5 ft

    June 29, 2013

  • Tim V.

    yea the tailwater run would be nice. another time. maybe next Sunday, to Avonmore.

    June 29, 2013

  • BOB ".

    WHERE IN THE WEST ARE YOU COMING FROM?

    June 29, 2013

    • Sharon P.

      I have directions see you tomorrow

      June 29, 2013

  • Rob B.

    I ended up paddling Raccon Creek today so I'll need to do yard work tomorrow, I'm out. :( Hopefully next trip!

    June 29, 2013

  • Rob

    I'm in, unless it looks like it's going to rain all day. Will check in the morning.

    June 29, 2013

  • Ayla Z.

    Tunnels only close at night.
    From 10 pm to 5 am. Is this still at loyalhannah?

    June 29, 2013

  • BOB ".

    DO NOT KNOW ABOUT SQ HILL TUNNEL [masked] [masked] I THINK SHOULD BE IN BALL PARK FOR THE BOAT LAUNCH AREA

    June 29, 2013

  • Sharon P.

    never mind I did a search and got directions. Does anyone know if the Squirrel hill tunnel is open?

    June 29, 2013

  • Sharon P.

    I am not sure where this is. I am coming from the west. If I have GPS

    June 29, 2013

  • Ben S.

    I am sorry I haven't been able to make any of your paddles Tim. I have been busy getting ready to show at an arts and crafts show that opens on the Forth, and have been working non-stop getting ready for it. Hope to catch one after the week following.

    June 29, 2013

  • Rob B.

    I was also wondering if this may/could get changed to something creek/river since we've had a good bit of rain. I know by Sunday it will have gone down, but it may rain some more between now and Sunday. Either way I'm looking forward to paddling!

    1 · June 27, 2013

  • BOB ".

    WITH ALL THIS WATER, MAYBE IT A GREAT TIME TO RUN FROM BELOW THE LOYAL DAM TO SALTSBURGH?

    June 27, 2013

  • Tim V.

    currently (Thurs 6/27) the boat docks at Bush Rec are closed (pertains to power boats). the dam pool (lake) has risen from 922.2 ft to 927.2 ft. the dam operators are opening gates at the dam to lower the lake level for the weekend. the power boat docks are expected to be open. either way, so long as the main road gate is open at Bush Rec, we can get on the water. the road gate has to stay open for the campers. the road gate would close this time of year only in the event of really high water, which isn't in the forecast.

    June 27, 2013

  • Cindy K.

    My daughter may come, if I can get her out of bed. ;-)

    June 27, 2013

  • Tim V.

    BTW Loyalhanna Creek crested at Kingston at 6.57 ft Wed. 6/26, up from 1.81 ft. currently (Thurs. 6/27) the Kingston gage reports 3.42 ft.

    June 27, 2013

  • Tim V.

    as of today Thurs the Sunday forecast ranges from 75 degrees and 50% chance of rain, to 81 degrees periods of clouds and sunshine with a shower or thunderstorm around

    June 27, 2013

  • Gerry

    I've swam in shallow water at Bush but not sure I have the nerve to try deep water. Otherwise looks like a winner to me. I'll make every attempt to be there. I swapped my 220 paddle for a 235.

    June 25, 2013

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