Water Authority Fishing and Boating Regulations For the Octoraro
212 Spruce Grove Road
Octoraro Reservoir and its surrounding properties are owned by the
Chester Water Authority (CWA). The purpose of the reservoir is public
water supply. We are pleased to offer to you the use of the lake for
outdoor recreation. All that we ask in return is that you respect our
rules for its use and do your part to help maintain its beauty.
of a private boat on the Reservoir is at the sole risk and under the
sole responsibility of the owner or operator. CWA will not be
responsible for damage to, nor loss of any of your property, and shall
be held harmless from all claims.
note the restricted areas on the lake and shoreline that are shown on
the map of the Octoraro Reservoir. This is for your safety.
is your responsibility! Please take the extra time and be careful. Enjoy
your time at the reservoir. The depths indicated for the lake are taken
when the lake elevation is at its peak. There are seasonal conditions
that will cause the lake level to be lower. This will change the depths
indicated on the map.
map indicates the public access areas (in yellow outline) and restricted
areas (in black outline) of the reservoir shoreline. It also shows the
location of the Fishing Headquarters facility.
obey the restricted areas on the lake and shoreline. There is a line of
buoys marking the area of the lake that is restricted. DO NOT GO BEYOND
THIS LINE. There is a spillway that creates a dangerous current.
boat access to the lake, you must use the ramps at the Fishing
Headquarters. Bait, tackle, boat rentals, and snacks are available at
the concession stand located at the Fishing Headquarters; there are also
trash receptacles and toilet facilities for your convenience.
PA regulations regarding fishing and boating are enforced.
is permitted from boats and from the shores of the reservoir where
allowed by the Chester Water Authority (CWA). See map for restricted
areas. Boats are not allowed to beach on the shores of the lake.
access is from the Fishing Headquarters only. Rules are as follows:
must be a minimum of 10 feet in length.
or electric motors only (no gasoline motors).
more than one person per seat is allowed in a boat.
age of an occupant is 18 unless accompanied by an adult.
personal floatation device per occupant is required (seat cushions
are not acceptable). Children under 12 must wear the PFD at all
are not permitted.
boat and its equipment will be inspected for conformity to the above
requirements. If acceptable, it will be issued a number that must be
placed on the bow.
and campfires are not permitted.
alcoholic beverages are permitted on the property. CWA reserves the
right to inspect containers.
is not permitted.
horses, and other domestic animals are prohibited.
damaging, or removing any wild plant is prohibited.
or the use or possession of firearms is not permitted.
reserves the right to close access to the lake if unsafe conditions
exist. The Octoraro Reservoir is not a flood control facility. Be
advised that severe storms will cause unpredictable and unsafe
conditions. In the event of storms all boats must leave the water.
launching – Daily $
docking – Monthly $15.00
docking – Weekly $
rental – Hourly $
contingent upon favorable weather conditions)
is a provision for limited docking and storage at the lake. See
concessionaire for more details.
Headquarters opens the first day of trout season in April and closes
October 31. Fishing is
permitted from 6:00 am to 8:30 pm.
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