A comprehensive rehabilitation project of the Red House Dam will commence this summer in an effort to further provide safe and enjoyable recreation at Allegany State Park.
In anticipation of this project, park staff has made arrangements to increase the size and capacity of Quaker Lake Beach to accommodate additional swimmers for the summer season. Quaker Lake offers a great alternative for water recreation, especially with the opening of the new bathhouse and playground last year.
Staff is also working closely with their concession operator, J-Con Parks, and they are making plans to rent boats at Quaker Lake this summer and will be adding more staff at the Quaker Beach Snack Bar.
While swimming and water recreation on Red House Lake could be impacted as soon as July due to the required lowering of lake levels, the picnic areas, picnic shelters, athletic fields, park stores, gift shops, and Red House Beach Snack Bar will be remain open throughout the summer.
Final design and reviews have been completed. The project is has gone to bid and a subsequent bid opening took place on April 5.
The Allegany State Park Facebook page will be updated regularly with more detailed information as the project develops.
Red House Dam was constructed in 1927.
The plan is to address the dam rehabilitation as a single project rather than using a phased approach, which will save time, funds and result in lowering the lake only one time.
This major rehabilitation project is addressing several key components of the dam, including demolition and replacement of the existing bridge, spillway rehabilitation, embankment strengthening, road safety improvements, installation of new lakeside path and lake access improvements.
The project will be fully completed before the start of the 2018 summer season.
The cost of the Red House Dam Rehabilitation project is estimated at approximately $6 million.
The project will require a partial draw down of Red House Lake, which may occur as early as July. The lake is planned to be fully re-watered by spring 2018.
Swimming will open at Red House Beach this year on Memorial Day and continue weekends until the start of peak season later in June, at which time the beach will be open daily until the lake is lowered for the construction work (estimated early July at the earliest).
It should be noted that at some point during the construction project the roadway over the earthen dam will be temporarily closed to traffic. Traffic will be re-routed around the lake during the construction period.