• Overview of Tamarack Lake.
  • Spectacular autumn colors.
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  • Caution signs and yellow tape block entrance.
  • Dragonfly © Debra Rodenbeck Barnhart.
  • Fishing Lure © Shannon Roae.
  • Frozen view from one of the docks.
  • Gone Fishing - © Debra Rodenbeck Barnhart.
  • Sumac bordering the Lake.
  • One of many vivid sunsets over the lake.
  • Animal tracks leading to the waters edge. - © Shannon Roae.
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Mission

Friends of Tamarack Lake is a group of concerned citizens working collaboratively with the Townships, County, Fish and Boat Commission, Department of Environmental Protection and the State Legislature to repair Tamarack Lake. The primary purpose of the Friends of Tamarack Lake is to restore Flood Control, Fire Protection and the safety of the Crawford County Community, along with re-establishing the fish, wildlife and recreational resources.

Clean-up days for West Mead Township
May 16 and 17. Click here to for more information and to volunteer.

FLOOD CONTROL

Flood Control

Substantial floods occurred in 1913, 1947, 1948, 1960, and 1964. In 1959 the worst flood of all, as great or greater than that of 1904, hit Crawford County. Damage of over $5 million occurred in Meadville; more than 1,500 people had to be evacuated. That flood was alleviated after two weeks by the dynamiting of a 2-mile ice jam by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

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AFTER THE DRAW DOWN

After the Draw Down

On Nov. 23, 2011, the lake was partially drawn down by approximately four feet after an
engineering site inspection revealed seepage through the dam at the northern end of the lake. In Aug. 2012 serious dam safety prompted the PA Fish and Boat Commission to begin a second draw down of the lake by an additional five feet.

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WILDLIFE & RECREATION

Wildlife and Recreation

Tamarack Lake is a 562-acre reservoir located 3 miles southeast of Meadville. The lake is owned by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and maintained by the Fish and Boat Commission for public fishing and boating. However, many people come to the lake just to enjoy the the outdoor environment and wildlife.

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Save Tamarack Lake

Please Add Your Voice to the Effort to Repair this Important Regional Asset!