THE BEST-KEPT SECRET
IN NORTHWESTERN PENNSYLVANIA!
Pennsylvania's second largest natural lake in
beautiful Crawford County
Friends, family, visitors...
enter a special place!
Well-known for its good fishing,
sailing, fun spots, and all around
friendly people. We are one of
Pennsylvania's best-kept secrets with
much of the natural beauty unchanged
except for what's getting better.
Canadohta Lake is an affordable
community well-fitted to a variety of
people's tastes and budgets. There are
area activities in abundance for all
ages. Stay with us for an afternoon, a
day or choose one of the many
accommodations for a longer leisurely
Get to know the beauty of the great
If getting away from the hustle and
bustle is what you wish, our lake sets
the scene for hiking, biking, walking,
boating or just plain relaxing for all
members of your family. Safety and
security is why many people visit us
year after year, making their own happy
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A Colorful Past
* Canadohta Lake is the Second Largest Natural Lake
in Pennsylvania and has a history that can be traced
back at least to 1798.
* First named Washington Lake, in 1860 changed to
Oil Creek Lake, then in 1894 changed to Canadohta
Lake after the great Chief Canadaughta, a Chief of
the Cornplanter Tribe of the Six Nations.
* 1865-1871 the Union & Titusville Railroad was
constructed and ran along the west side of the lake,
through Lincolnville, Riceville, and Centerville and
connected with the PA RR at Tryronville. Through the
aggression of a local landowner and farmer, Ben
Ruggles, in 1905 Canadohta Lake was rendered a
public trust by the state of Pennsylvania.
* The Marcresan Beach area was purchased in 1922 by
E.P. Lee and developed by him and his son Max Lee.
The original park buildings were destroyed by fire
* The Canadohta Roller Rink once was the Collins
Dance Hall which featured Guy Lombardo, Rudy Vallee
and Ozzie Nelson in the 1930's.
* Many changes have been made in the past 200 years
in the development of the Canadohta Lake Resort
area. Today there are approximately 900 cottages and
homes in the Lake area along with the many
businesses listed in this website.
Our Big Fish Stories Are No Lie
The fishing is great in all
four seasons! The lake waters in both the warm and cold weather
and the many nearby streams enhance any enjoyable vacation. Our
annual Ice Fishing contest in February attracts fishermen of all
ages competing for some great prizes. Our lake has Northern
Pike, Muskie, blue gill, crappie, large & smallmouth bass,
walleye, carp, and catfish.
Hunters love the many public
game lands to bag their prize-winning trophies. Our deer season
festivities make the thrill of the hunt even more enjoyable.
Small game and archery season in our woods and fields are rival
to none. Bring your buddies or make new ones as you check out
all the outstanding hunting grounds the Canadohta Lake Area has
CLABA - Canadohta Lake Area Business
22978 Shreve Ridge Road, Canadohta Lake, PA 16438
President: Billie Jo Easterlin, Howard Hanna
Vice President: Butch Prichard, ThermaFab
Secretary: Tina Butler, Butlerís Cottages
Treasurer: Debbie Schneider
Directors: Jim Donnell, John
Price, Jack Clark, and Terri Ellison
Auditors: Ellie Donnell & Jim Torrelli