Lake Stoneycreek, Pennsylvania, USA

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Tucked away in the Allegheny Mountains of south west Pennsylvania, Lake Stoneycreek is a private mountain jewel. Close enough to enjoy everything the Laurel Highlands have to offer, but private enough to ensure rest and relaxation, Lake Stoneycreek is an ideal destination for either a short term stay or long term residence.

In 1960 the Stoneycreek Valley Development Corporation under the direction of Jim McIntyre completed construction on the Lake Stoneycreek Dam. The resulting 166 acre impoundment was the start of a planned residential community. Three years later construction on the Indian Lake Dam was completed creating the much larger Indian Lake. The Indian Lake Dam is between the two lakes, and along with Boone Run, the outflow from Indian Lake makes up the inflow of Lake Stoneycreek. Rhoads Creek is Lake Stoneycreek’s outflow and eventually joins the Stoneycreek River.

Together the two lakes make up the focal point of a planned residential community. Indian Lake is a 2,000 acre incorporated borough that also includes a private 18 hole championship golf course. Both lakes are private with access only to homeowners and guests. Lake Stoneycreek in ringed with lakefront homes, both full time residences and vacation rentals. There is lake front real estate for sale as well as golf homes and condominiums.

Private access to Lake Stoneycreek is from a boat ramp, and there is more than enough water to boat, sail, paddle, water ski and swim. Despite is location in an area that was once strip-mined for coal; Lake Stoneycreek is a clean, mesotrophic lake that supports a healthy cold water fishery. Anglers can challenge themselves against the lake’s bass and crappie, and below the dam in the Stoneycreek River the trout are plentiful.

Lake Stoneycreek freezes in the winter opening a world of winter activities including ice skating and ice sailing. There are trails nearby for cross country skiing, and a home a Lake Stoneycreek is the perfect home base for a trip to one of the area’s downhill ski slopes.

Part of the Pittsburgh and countryside region, Lake Stoneycreek is about an hour and a half from Pittsburgh. The small town of Shanksville is only a few miles from the lake. Truly a small town known only for its annual picnic, Shanksville catapulted into the nation’s consciousness on September 11, 2001 when the passengers of United Airlines Flight 93 crashed their plane in a field nearby averting an attack on the nation’s capitol. Today there is a monument marking the crash site and commemorating the heroism of the flight’s passengers.

Lake Stoneycreek is in the heart of Somerset County which is dotted with small towns, each charming in their own way. There are shops, restaurants, and miles of country roads to explore. The Heritage Driving Tour winds across the county showcasing the area’s ten remaining covered bridges. The highest peak in Pennsylvania, Mt. Davis, is also in Somerset County. The 3,213 foot peak on the summit of Negro Mountain is in the Mt. Davis Natural Area which is part of the Forbes State Forest. Named for General John Forbes, the state forest includes 50,000 acres in parts of Fayette, Somerset, and Westmoreland Counties.

With its clean, clear water and all the amenities of a private lake and community, Lake Stoneycreek is an ideal south west Pennsylvania destination.

Things to do at Lake Stoneycreek

  • Fishing
  • Boating
  • Sailing
  • Swimming
  • Water Skiing
  • Golf
  • Picnicking
  • Hiking
  • Ice Skating
  • Downhill Skiing
  • Cross-Country Skiing
  • State Forest

Fish species found at Lake Stoneycreek

  • Bass
  • Crappie
  • Trout

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Lake Stoneycreek Statistics & Helpful Links

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Lake Type: Artificial Reservoir, Dammed

Water Level Control: Stoneycreek Valley Development Corporation

Surface Area: 166 acres

Average Depth: 5 feet

Water Volume: 1,320 acre-feet

Completion Year: 1960

Water Residence Time: 17 days

Drainage Area: 14 sq. miles

Trophic State: Mesotrophic

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Trophic State | LakeLubbers

Trophic State measures the level of algae and nutrients in a lake.

An oligotrophic lake is very clear (blue in color) and does not support much plant or fish life. A hyper-oligotrophic lake is the clearest of all lakes, and is nearly devoid of plants and fish.

A mesotrophic lake is slightly green and supports a moderate degree of plant and fish life. A lake's most desired trophic state is generally this mid-point - the mesotrophic state.

A eutrophic lake is somewhat murky and supports a large amount of plant and fish life. A hypereutrophic lake is clouded with algae, plant life, and fish life. A eutrophic or hyper-eutrophic lake can be difficult to navigate by boat - and is often an unpleasant place to swim.

The use of phosphorus-rich and nitrogen-rich fertilizer on lawns and golf courses surrounding a lake can cause it to become eutrophic or hypereutrophic.


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Catchment or Drainage Area | LakeLubbers

This is the surrounding area that drains into a lake, including land, rivers and their tributaries. This is also known as the lake's "catchment basin".

Small lakes at the highest peaks of mountains have small drainage areas. The world's oceans have the largest drainage areas.


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Water Residence Time | LakeLubbers

This is the estimated time that it takes for an amount of water equal to the entire volume of a lake to flow out of - or evaporate from - the lake.

Residence Time can be as short as a few days for fast-flowing small lakes, and can exceed 100 years for slow-flowing large lakes.


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Completion Year | LakeLubbers

This is the year that a reservoir was first filled to the reservoir's normal elevation - or the year that a natural lake was first dammed. A large reservoir can take more than a year to fill after its dam is first closed.

The Grand Anicut in southern India is generally considered the world's oldest dam that still operates. Grand Anicut was constructed in the second century BC. It now impounds an irrigation network that includes roughly one million acres.

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Water Volume | LakeLubbers

This is the estimated volume of water that a lake contains -- measured at the lake's normal elevation. By this measure, the world's largest freshwater lake is Siberia's Lake Baikal.

You can find many of the the world's largest lakes (by water volume) on LakeLubbers.

Water Volume can be measured in acre-feet, in cubic miles, or in cubic kilometers. One acre-foot is the amount of water needed to cover one acre (43,560 square feet) to a depth of one foot. One cubic mile equals 3,379,200 acre-feet. One cubic kilometer equals 810,713 acre-feet.

1 acre-foot is equal to 325,851 US gallons. Siberia's Lake Baikal contains about 6,276,367,740,000,000 gallons of freshwater - nearly 1 million gallons for every living person on earth.

The other - and more widely used - measure of a lake's size is the lake's surface acreage. By that measure, the world's largest freshwater lake is North America's Lake Superior.


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Maximum Depth | LakeLubbers

This is the estimated greatest depth of the water in a lake -- measured at the lake's normal elevation. The world's deepest lake is Siberia's Lake Baikal; that lake's maximum depth is estimated at 5,314 feet.

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Average Depth | LakeLubbers

This is the estimated average depth of the water in a lake -- measured at the lake's normal elevation. If the water volume and surface area of a lake are known, an estimate of the lake's average depth can be calculated:

Water volume ÷ Surface Area = Average Depth

Example: 1,000,000 acre-feet ÷ 20,000 acres = 50 feet average depth


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Maximum Elevation | LakeLubbers

This is a lake's highest water level, measured by the lake's surface distance above sea level, that can occur during flooding. A lake's highest possible maximum elevation is usually the top of the lake's dam or spillway.

At lakes that include residential development, government regulations usually forbid the construction of homes below a lake's maximum elevation.


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Minimum Elevation | LakeLubbers

This is a lake's lowest water level, measured by the lake's surface distance above sea level, that can be reasonably expected to occur. Low lake levels can occur due to deliberate seasonal draw downs for irrigation or impending snow melt, reduced water inflows, drought and evaporation, residential or commercial water demands, and hydropower generation.

Some lakes' minimum and maximum elevations are virtually the same. Lakes that generate hydropower may vary by several feet - according to power demand. Lakes whose primary purpose is to prevent flooding can seasonally vary by 100 feet or more.

When some lakes reach their minimum elevation, their boat ramps may not be long enough to permit boat access - and boats docked on shallow parts of the lake may end up on dry ground. In those cases, kayakers and shore-based anglers may be among the few happy recreational users of the lake.


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Normal Elevation | LakeLubbers

This is a lake's normal water level, measured by the lake's surface distance above sea level. For a reservoir, this water level is also known as "full pond" or "full pool".

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Shoreline Length | LakeLubbers

This is the length of the exterior shoreline around a lake - measured at the lake's normal elevation. The shoreline length can be considerably shorter or longer when lake water levels are lower or higher than normal.

A lake with many coves has a much longer shoreline than a lake of similar surface area that is nearly circular in shape.

When known, the shoreline miles that we report in our statistics include only the lake's exterior shoreline, and exclude the shorelines of islands located within a lake's boundaries. In lakes with many islands, those islands' combined shorelines may exceed a lake's exterior shoreline.

You can find many of the world's longest-shoreline lakes on Lakelubbers.


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Surface Area | LakeLubbers

This is the area (acreage, square kilometers, etc.) of the top surface area of a lake - measured at a lake's normal elevation. The surface area can be considerably smaller or larger when lake levels are lower or higher than normal. North America's Lake Superior is the world's largest freshwater lake by this measure.

The other measure of a lake's size is the lake's water volume. By that measure, the world's largest freshwater lake is Lake Baikal in Siberia.

You can find many of the world's largest lakes (acres) on Lakelubbers. There is no widely-accepted minimum surface area that defines a lake. What Lakelubbers describes as a lake, you might call a pond. The smallest lake that Lakelubbers currently includes is Hawaii's 2-acre Lake Waiau.


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Water Level Control | LakeLubbers

This is the organization that controls water releases or outflows from the lake or reservoir. In the USA, this is often the US Army Corps of Engineers, a power company, a municipal water system, an irrigation district, or a paper manufacturing company. In the case of private or gated lakes, a homeowners' association may be the lake's controlling authority.

Many lakes cross borders, including North America's Great Lakes. The control of such lakes and their coveted freshwater may be amicably shared - or hotly disputed.

"Water wars" continue at many lakes as growing populations and crop irrigation needs compete for the freshwater that lakes contain.


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Lake Type | LakeLubbers

There are 3 basic types of lakes that are currently included on LakeLubbers. 2 types may be dammed or not dammed, producing 5 classifications.

- A Reservoir is a man-made freshwater lake that is usually created by damming rivers.

- A Natural Freshwater Lake occurs naturally - often by glacial activity - and has a salinity of less than 30 parts per thousand. It may be dammed to produce electricity or for other reasons.

- A Natural Saltwater Lake occurs naturally and has a salinity of more than 30 parts per thousand (ppt). It may be dammed.

"Brackish" water may be categorized as freshwater or saltwater, depending on its salt content (salinity). Oligohaline water has less than 15 ppt of salt. Mesohaline water has 15-29 ppt. Polyhaline has 30-335 ppt.


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