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.

FINALLY, we have set a date for the Grand Reopening of Colyer Lake! Please mark your calendars to join us at the Lake on Sunday June 12th, 2016, at 1pm. As time moves ahead, we will be posting more information as to specifics during the event as well as attendees. Check this website over the next few weeks, as more information becomes available. We hope to see ALL of you there!!!

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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