Raystown Lake in Central Pennsylvania is receiving national attention for its conservation efforts.
The National Fish Habitat Partnership named it one of 10 “Waters to Watch” for 2022, and it's the only waterway in Pennsylvania to be selected this year. The annual list represents a collection of strategic conservation efforts implemented on rivers, streams, estuaries, and lakes to protect, restore, or enhance fish habitat.
Raystown Lake is an 8,300-acre reservoir owned and operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Huntingdon County. It is the largest lake located entirely within Pennsylvania, and it's a hot recreation spot. More than 1.5 million people visited the waterway this past year.
To make it on the Waters to Watch list, the National Fish Habitat Partnership looks for efforts like habitat planting, stream bank restoration, lake shore restoration, according to Ryan Roberts, National Fish Habitat Partnership program manager.