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 - August 2015 through January 2016
Fishing and Boating - Spring 2016 !

Latest Update on Lake Colyer

I am pleased to announce that the efforts to restore Colyer Lake are nearly complete, and the contractor is nearing the end of its obligations!

DEP Dam Safety has given a verbal approval of the plan to begin REFILLING Colyer Lake during the 2nd week of December. At present the plan to refill the lake should take 11 weeks, with the understanding that refilling may have to halt if the formation of ice in the half-filled lake would damage any of the fish habitat structures. At any rate, 11 weeks from the middle of December is the beginning of March! Everyone associated with this project expects the lake to be at the full pond stage for early spring boating.

Save Colyer Lake, Inc. is still in the planning mode for the permitting and the construction of a foot-path around the entire lake, to give hikers, bikers, birders, fisherman, and others better access to all portions of the lake. Plans are also underway to install handicap access for safe kayak and canoe launching. Details on all of these efforts have been put on hold till we knew the repairs were moving on schedule.

Thanks for all of your interest in, and support for, Colyer Lake along this journey!
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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