Restore Hereford Manor Lake

In an effort to restore valuable natural habitats and a dynamic community resource, the Wildlife For Everyone Foundation has partnered with the Beaver County Sportsmen's Conservation League and Restore Hereford Manor Lake who works in collaboration with the Governor of Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania General Assembly and the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, to facilitate the quick repair of the Hereford Manor Lake Dam. Located less than 30 miles from downtown Pittsburgh in Franklin Township, the lake and its surrounding property encompass 428 acres critical to the community ecosystem and once valuable for fishing, boating, hunting, hiking, biking and other recreational activities. Hereford Manor Lake photo

Thousands of citizens utilized Hereford Manor Lake for recreational purposes each year. In fact, it was the most fished trout lake in Pennsylvania. However, in 2011 the lake was drained when the more-than-50-year-old Hereford Manor Lake dam was classified as a high-hazard, unsafe dam. Now, the site is off-limits and sits as a dried grass basin and the lake's disappearance has strained the local economy.

Wildlife For Everyone has set up a special fund that provides an avenue for tax-deductible contributions to restore the dam and lake, recognizing the importance of Hereford Manor Lake as a community resource and wildlife habitat. Hereford Manor Lake provides vital wildlife habitat for waterfowl and aquatic creatures. It also serves as an outlet for outdoors activities for all generations.

Goals and Objectives

  1. To raise contributions and funding commitments from local partners.
  2. To raise awareness of the economic impact of the dam on the local community.
  3. To raise awareness of the recreational activities Hereford Manor Lake provides to the local community.

Hereford Manor Lake photoFor more information on the project, visit:

To donate, please visit or send payment to:

Wildlife For Everyone Foundation
Restore Hereford Manor Lake
341 Science Park Road
State College, PA 16803

A 501(c)3 non-profit organization, the Wildlife For Everyone Foundation celebrates the rich heritage of Pennsylvania wildlife, habitat, sportsmen and sportswomen. The foundation as formed to provide all wildlife enthusiasts with a way to show their commitment through much-needed financial support. Since its inception, the foundation has raised more than $2 million for projects benefiting all 480 species of wildlife and their habitat in Pennsylvania.

The Beaver County Sportsmen's Conservation League and Youth Foundation promote and foster the protection and conservation of renewable wildlife resources through hunting and fishing together with all pertinent natural resources and work to promote the advancement of hunting, fishing and competitive shooting sports.

* photos are from prior to the lake's draining and are courtesy of the PA Fish & Boat Commission.