Allegheny Reservoir Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"Located almost entirely within the Allegany Indian Reservation, Allegheny Reservoir represents one of the few quietwater paddling resources in southwestern New York. A dam just over the border in Pennsylvania caused inundation of a many-mile stretch of the scenic Allegheny River. The river begins in Pennsylvania, swings northward and flows west through New York for about 50 miles, exits into Pennsylvania through the reservoir, and eventually joins the Monongahela to form the Ohio River at Pittsburgh. Portions of the reservoir’s eastern shore belong to Allegany State Park, a huge state park that includes a nice camping area, which fills up nearly every day of the summer, and two popular swimming areas: Quaker Beach on Quaker Lake, just a mile from the access, and Red House Beach on Red House Lake. Leaving behind the Norway spruce, with its drooping branches, and large white pine at the access, paddle to the left over to the Quaker Lake outfall to look at the water cascading over the dam. Along the way, note the pine groves on the hillsides. Scrub vegetation, including lots of willow, grows down to the waterline along the left shoreline, and tall silver maple, white pine, hickory, oak, and hemlock climb the hillsides along the right. Habitat type: large reservoir"