by Karlee Kocon, former Venture Outdoors Communications Intern
Since ending my internship at Venture Outdoors in April, I have continued to work as a Park Ranger at Crooked Creek Lake while pursuing my Master’s in Environmental Science and Management at Duquesne University.
My life continues to revolve around the environment indoors and out. Being a Park Ranger, I am regularly outdoors and can continue to inspire others to get outside and take advantage of our natural resources! Recently, I was sent to West Virginia to get my boating license so now I can conduct boat patrols on our lake.
Crooked Creek Lake is located in Armstrong County in Ford City, Pennsylvania. It is 30 miles northeast of Pittsburgh. Our lake is 5.25 miles long and there is no horsepower limit. Don’t let that scare you away from dropping in your kayak; there are plenty of coves and upstream creek for you to explore!
Keep an eye open for Bald Eagles while visiting our lake; there is a pair that nests here each year. Don’t own a boat? That’s okay! The Outflow Recreation Area is a popular spot among fishermen to catch Walleye, Muskie, and numerous other species of fish.
If you prefer to immerse yourself in the woods, Crooked Creek has six trails for a chance to get up close and personal with some wildlife! A great birder hotspot, the park is a prime location for our migrating feathered friends. The famous, 141-mile Baker Trail also runs through Crooked Creek Lake if you are looking for a more challenging excursion. Luckily for the outdoor enthusiast, we have a 43-site campground available for relaxing in between activities.
When I am not working, I tend to spend my free time photographing nature or fishing and I usually end up back at Crooked Creek because of all the park has to offer! If you are looking for a new park to spend the day, I highly suggest Crooked Creek Lake — if you do decide to visit, feel free to stop in and say hi!