Allegheny River, Pennsylvania
U.S. Forest Service, Allegheny National Forest
April 20, 1992. From Kinzua Dam downstream to the U.S. Route 62 Bridge. From Buckaloons Recreation Area at Irvine downstream to the southern end of Alcorn Island at Oil City. From the sewage treatment plant at Franklin to the refinery at Emlenton.
Recreational — 86.6 miles; Total — 86.6 miles.
Photo Credit: Lynn Moss
Named "La Belle Riviere" by French explorers, these 87 miles of the Allegheny flows through areas of narrow forest valleys, wilderness islands, and broad, rural landscapes rich with the early history and culture of the region. Pastoral farmlands, small towns and the narrow winding valleys provide a diversity of views for those travelling the river. Good public access and few hazards make this an ideal river for novice and family canoeing. Fishing for muskie, walleye, rainbow trout and smallmouth bass is popular.
The Allegheny River Basin occupies 11,747 square miles in the states of New York and Pennsylvania. The Allegheny River is over 315 miles long and contributes 60 percent of the Ohio River flow at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It is the location of the most diverse and populous fresh water mussel habitat in the world, and one tributary, French Creek, is one of the most biologically diverse watersheds in Pennsylvania.