Begin Main Content Area

SE Region Reports

 REGION COUNTIES -- Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Lancaster, Lehigh, Montgomery, Northampton, Philadelphia, Schuylkill (County Guide

May 18, 2022

Southern Lancaster County

Susquehanna River - Lake Aldred Advisory:  Boaters and shoreline anglers are made aware that Brookfield Renewable is planning a Lake Aldred drawdown May17th-20th.  The drawdown is being conducted to facilitate repair and replacement of the Holtwood Dam's flashboards which sustained damage as a result of high river flows. The river level will come down to between 163.5 – 164.5, which is three to four feet lower than Lake Aldred's recreation season lake level of 167.5.

Boaters are forewarned to maintain a proper lookout with strict adherence to Pennsylvania boating laws and regulations. This work is contingent on river flows and may be postponed.

Public inquiries can be forwarded to: or (857) 265-8298.

Parties are encouraged to copy their concerns as related to Brookfield Renewable to PFBC District Officer J. Schmidt at

As ongoing admonition boaters are further advised to Consult The Safe Waters Hotline For Daily Updates Prior To Trailering To The Launch.     

Call the Safe Waters hotline           1-844-430-FLOW (3569)  

Northern Lancaster

The DFCA (Donegal Fish & Conservation Association), Mount Joy, N.  Lancaster County, a PFBC Approved Cooperative Trout Nursey stocked approximately 400 Rainbow and Brown in the Catch and Release Fly Fishing Only section of the Donegal Creek, East Donegal Township on April 27.

The upper section of Hammer Creek has some new posted areas to it, the postings are the new purple paint on trees. The areas still open start from Pumping Station RD/ Route 322 game lands parking lot and 0.7 of a mile upstream.  The fishing for trout there is still ideal and the bait of choice this year is meal worms or corn.

On Tuesday, June 7, 2022, the Manheim Farm Show Complex in Lancaster County is having the Annual Chiques Creek Watershed Expo. The PFBC will be in attendance and will have a table there. The PFBC will have publications, posters, and other fishing/boating items for the public.

There will also be displays of mounted/preserved turtles and snakes as well.  

 The Conestoga River is a good three-and-a-half-hour kayak float starting from Fisher Park in Brownstown down to Perelman Park in Manheim Township. Besides a good float for kayaks there is great fishing opportunities for small mouth bass.


May 12, 2022

Lancaster County

SUNNY DAY CAMP TROOP J Saturday May 14th, 2022– PFBC District Officer Schmidt will be staffing a PFBC exhibit to educate "campers" to the counties and Commonwealth's many fishing & boating opportunities. The Day Camp event will be held on the premises of the Lafayette Fire Company – 63 Lafayette Way Lancaster. Camper check-in is at 9:00 a.m. with activities from 9:30 – 2:00 PM.  District Officer Schmidt will be participating along with Officers from the Lancaster County SERT Team, PSP Mounted Unit, Motorcycle Unit & PSP Helicopter Unit, as well as Fire Service Units, & Lancaster County-Wide Communications.  Publication information from the PFBC will be available on many topics of interest, of particular note for attendees will be demonstration PFD's (Personal Flotation Devices) to exemplify proper size and fit for their safety.  Representative of the Commissions role in protection of native reptiles and amphibians "on hand" will be "Deputy B.R. Snake'" a mature Eastern Rat Snake and his patrol sidekick "Mr. X-BOX Turtle."

For More:Registration At:

Reports compiled by Anneli Frank Langer (, Southeast Region Education Specialist, using information provided by Waterways Conservation Officers, Area Fisheries Managers and other PFBC staff.