Tamarack Lake

Location

Latitude / Longitude: 41° 35' 56" N / 80° 05' 28" W
Elevation: 1217 ft (370.9 m) above sea level
County: Crawford County
Townships: West Mead, East Mead, and East Fairfield

Maps

Bathymetric 
USGS 1:24,000 Topographic (7.5 minute quadrangle) -Cochranton

Physical Characteristics

Tamarack Lake is an artificial lake, built in 1962. The Pennsylvania Fish Commission owns the lake.

MAJOR INLETS

MAJOR OUTLETS

ground water sources

Mud Run

 

Mill Run

(Ulanoski et al. 1981)

 

Depth (Ulanoski et al. 1981):
Max: 4.5 m (14.7 ft) 
Mean: 1.3 m (4.5 ft)

Area of Lake: 2.2 km2 
Volume of Lake: 2.89x106 m3
Flush rate: not available

Area of Watershed: 14 km2 
Land Use in Watershed: not available

Glossary

Water Quality / Nutrients

No data available at this time.

For more information regarding water quality and nutrients contact Dr. Milton Ostrofsky.

Glossary

Biological Diversity

Fishery (Ulanoski et al. 1981)
The following game and panfishes were documented in the lake through a survey by the Pennsylvania Fish Commission

Common Name

Scientific Name

largemouth bass

Micropterus salmoides

black crappie

Pomoxis nigromaculatus

bluegill

Lepomis macrochirus

pumpkinseed sunfish

Lepomis gibbosus

yellow perch

Perca flavescens

walleye

Stizostedion vitreum vitreum

muskellunge

Esox masquinongy

brown bullhead

Ictalurus nebulosus

white sucker

Catostomus commersoni

yellow bullhead

Ictalurus natalis

Stocked fish: Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission stocking overview.

Consumption advisory 
Limit yourself to 2 meals / month of walleye and also 1 meal / month of muskellunge due to Mercury content. 
Source: Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission

Vegetation / Macrophytes (Ulanoski et al. 1981)

Common Name

Scientific Name

Water milfoil

Myriophyllum spicatum

Northern naiad

Najas flexillis

Pondweeds

Potamogeton crispus

 

P. diversifolius

Waterweed

Elodea Canadensis

Water-shield

Brasenia schreberi

Spatterdocks

Nuphar advena

 

N. variegatum

White water lily

Nymphaea odorata

Bur reeds

Sparganium eurycarpum

 

S. americanum

Arrowhead

Sagittaria latifolia

Softstem bulrush

Scirpus validus

Cattails

Typha latifolia

 

T. Angustifolia

Water smartweed

Polygonum amphibium

 

Chara sp.

Lake Sediment

Pesticide Sediment analysis (Ulanoski et al. 1981)
Date of collection: October 2, 1980

Pesticide

μg/kg

Pesticide

μg/kg

ALDRIN

0.0

HEPTACHLOR

0.0

CHLORDANE

0.0

LINDANE

0.0

DDD

1.3

MIREX

0.0

DDE

3.6

METHOXYCHLOR

0.0

DDT

0.0

PCB

13.0

DIELDRIN

0.0

PCN

0.0

ENDOSULFN I

0.0

PERTHANE

0.0

EDNRIN

0.0

TOXAPHENE

0.0

HEPTACHLOR EPOXIDE

0.0

 

 

Recreation

Spring Road
Located in West Mead Township
Owned by Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission
Horsepower restriction: electric motors only
Fee: no
Fishing Pier: no
Shore Fishing: yes
Parking: large parking lots
Launch Ramp: yes
Dock: yes
 
Access #1
Located in West Mead Township
Owned by Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission
Horsepower restriction: electric motors only
Fee: no
Fishing Pier: no
Shore Fishing: yes
Parking: large parking lots
Launch Ramp: yes
Dock: no
 
Access #2
Located in West Mead Township
Owned by Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission
Horsepower restriction: electric motors only
Fee: no
Fishing Pier: no
Shore Fishing: yes
Parking: large parking lots
Launch Ramp: yes
Dock: no
 
Access #3
Located in East Mead Township
Owned by Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission
Horsepower restriction: electric motors only
Fee: no
Fishing Pier: no
Shore Fishing: yes
Parking: Large parking lots
Launch Ramp: yes
Dock: yes
 
Access #4
Located in East Mead Township
Owned by Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission
Horsepower restriction: electric motors only
Fee: no
Fishing Pier: no
Shore Fishing: yes
Parking: small parking lots
Launch Ramp: yes
Dock: yes
 
Access #5
Located in East Mead Township
Owned by Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission
Horsepower restriction: electric motors only
Fee: no
Fishing Pier: no
Shore Fishing: yes
Parking: small parking lots
Launch Ramp: yes
Dock: no
 
Access #6
Located in East Mead Township
Owned by Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission
Horsepower restriction: electric motors only
Fee: no
Fishing Pier: no
Shore Fishing: yes
Parking: large parking lots
Launch Ramp: no
Dock: no

Access Area information: http://sites.state.pa.us/PA_Exec/Fish_Boat/acctbl.htm
Special Boating Regulations: http://sites.state.pa.us/PA_Exec/Fish_Boat/spbtregs.htm

Links

Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC)
PFBC Fishing and Boating Map 
French Creek Watershed Conservation Plan (Jan 2002)

References

Ulanoski, James T. and Shertzer, Richard H. Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Resources. Marker, James L. United States Geological survey. Hartman, Richard T., PhD University of Pittsburgh. (Dec. 1981). Trophic classification and characteristics of twenty-six publicly owned Pennsylvania lakes. Bureau of Water Quality Management. Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Resources. (p 204-213 / 240)