This is your invitation to experience a day of recreational kayaking on Lake Koon and Lake Gordon - two of Pennsylvania's most pristine bodies of water. The sister lakes are owned by the Evitts Creek Water Company and were created to supply water to the city of Cumberland, Maryland.
It's only been in the last few years that non-powered and electric-powered boats have been allowed access to the lakes, adding to the recreational opportunities of both. We are fortunate these lakes are open for public recreation, since many water supply reservoirs in Pennsylvania are closed for boating and angler use.
Whether you live in south central Pennsylvania, or you're visiting the Bedford County area, paddlers will enjoy the majesty of the Appalachian mountain ridges that cradle Lakes Koon and Gordon. Both lakes are nestled in Pennsylvania's Ridge & Valley Appalachians, and are fed by Evitts Creek, a tributary stream of the North Branch Potomac River. Because the lakes are a municipal water supply, development of the surrounding area is restricted, and the scenic beauty has remained unspoiled. Picture-taking opportunities abound, so be sure to bring a camera!
Each lake has a state provided boat launch with ample parking.
From Bedford, PA:
Take Rt 220 South approx 20 miles (passing through the town of Centreville after 16 miles). Take a left onto Lake Gordon Road.
There are additional back roadways to reach both lakes, but these main roads will be easiest for the first time visitor.