Tuesday, October 22, 2013

The Search Continues: Kinzua Dam and the Allegheny Reservoir

After our visit to Kinzua Bridge in June, I posted a photo on Facebook. A friend asked if we had visited the Kinzua Dam. Um, no... There isn't even a body of water in Kinzua Bridge State Park besides Kinzua Creek.  But she said she had visited there frequently as a child. So, Dad and I decided we needed to find this dam. An internet search moved us in the right direction. It is about an hour from Kinzua Bridge State Park and as far as I can tell there is no connection between the dam and the bridge other than the name. But, the dam is one of the largest dams east of the Mississippi, so it seemed like a good addition to our Friday Fieldtrip.

Kinzua Dam is on the Allegheny River and creates the state's largest inland lake, Kinzua Lake. We walked out on the dam and found some amazing views!

Looking out on Kinzua Lake

MT looking over toward the Allegheny River

The ladies in the background gave FRitW & MT some bread to throw for the gulls flying overhead.

Maggie captured this shot of a rainbow forming on the back side of the dam.

Looking down the Allegheny River. The trees were so colorful!

Dad and the boys watching the gulls above and the fish gathered below.

A view of the back side of the dam.
I love this view as we are leaving the dam. 

Kinzua Dam was definitely worth the side trip!


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