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