The largest lake (entirely) in PA, Raystown Lake offers you more than 27 miles snaking through the mountains along the original path of the Juniata River, to explore!
The original lake was built as a hydroelectric project, but was significantly enlarged in 1973 with a new, larger dam by the Army Corps of Engineers, primarily to control floods, provide electricity, and support recreational activities — boating, fishing, kayaking and fun outdoorsy stuff such as renting a high-speed pontoon boat!
The pristine waters in the many serene coves are great for fishing, swimming, and relaxing. Skiing or tubing offer a thrilling day of activities!
Part of the town of Aitch is now under the level of the lake. While it is rumored that there are entire towns (and dead bodies of townspeople who refused to leave) still intact under the water, only a few more permanent structures were left in place. Some roads, a bridge over the old river, the original power station and the original dam still remain, but 407 graves were removed.
What makes Raystown Lake so unusual is that almost the entire lake is undeveloped, because the surrounding countryside is almost entirely owned by the Army Corps of Engineers. That’s why most of vacation homes are near the lake rather than on the waterfront.
Look for other great things to do and see in the Lake Rayston area:
- East Broad Top Railroad — COMING SOON!
- Rock Hill Trolley Museum — COMING SOON!
- Swigert Automobile Museum — COMING SOON!
- Lake Raystown Resort