Donation to Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission gives anglers access to more of Yellow Breeches Creek – Patriot

The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission secured fishing and boating access along a 500-foot stretch of the Yellow Breeches Creek, along Gettysburg Pike in Carroll Township, York County, by accepting the donation of an easement to the site.

The Pennsylvania Board of Fish and Boat Commissioners approved the action in their meeting today in Shippensburg.

Opening day of trout season

The easement includes the stream and a width of 35 feet back from the top of the bank.

The Lower Susquehanna-Swatara Watershed, which includes the Yellow Breeches, ranks second on the priority action list in the commission’s fishing and boating access plan.

“Public fishing access to the Yellow Breeches is limited and we stock this general area,” noted John Arway, commission executive director. “The easement will greatly improve public access to these great trout fishing opportunities.”

Commissioners also authorized a $209,300 grant to the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy to assist with the purchase of about 84 acres in Girard Township, Erie County. The property includes 3,600 feet of access on Elk Creek and is adjacent to existing public fishing easements.

The project will include a parking area and a footpath to Elk Creek. Once the project is completed, the public fishing corridor will extend for about 2.7 miles.

They authorized renewal of a lease with Columbia County for the Briar Creek Lake property, a 197-acre recreational facility owned by the commission, which developed the property in 1970.

The lake is an approved trout water and is scheduled to receive five stockings this year. Boating is allowed with electric motors. The county maintains the property.

And, in Lycoming County, commissioners authorized the agency to enter into a natural gas agreement with BigStar Energy at Rose Valley Lake, a commission-owned lake in Gamble Township.

The five-year agreement includes an up-front bonus of $2.14 million and an 18.25 percent royalty rate.

The money will be used for the revitalization and repair of state-owned high-hazard, unsafe dams managed by the commission.

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