Waterworks Conservation Area

General InfoA Yellow Legged Meadowhawk at Waterworks

The Waterworks Conservation Area is a 10-acre site located adjacent to Two Lick Creek, approximately 3 miles south of Indiana, Pennsylvania. The site was donated to Indiana County by Consol Energy. For more in-depth information about the Waterworks Conservation Area, check out our Waterworks Brochure.

Activities & Accommodations

Fishing & Boating

Creekside at Waterworks There is a canoe / kayak launch conveniently located at Waterworks Conservation Area as well as fishing access to Two Lick Creek. Paddling Two Lick Creek is a great way to get outdoors and see a pretty part of Indiana County. From the put-in at the Waterworks to the take-out at near Saylor Park, paddlers will travel a bit over 12 river miles (with one portage). Do NOT paddle Two Lick Creek when the water level is too low or too high. A good rule of thumb for Two Lick is to paddle when the creek is between 2.6 and 4.5 feet on the monitoring gauge at Graceton, PA.

 If you plan on paddling Two Lick Creek downstream of Homer City be aware that there is a low-head feeder dam on Two Lick Creek near the Homer City Power Plant. The dam is located approximately 0.7 mi downstream from Neal Rd. There is an old railroad bridge approximately 0.1 mi before the dam. The area downstream of this old railroad bridge is designated as an exclusion zone - no boating permitted.

Wehrle's Salamander

If you are very lucky you may find a Wehrle's Salamander in the area of the Waterworks Conservation Area. The salamander was named after the famous Indiana County native R.W. Wehrle. Wehrle (1852‐1937) was an Indiana, PA jeweler, successful businessman and avid naturalist credited with discovering a new type of salamander in Indiana County’s Two Lick Hills area in 1911. The salamander, Plethodon wehrlei, was named in Wehrle’s honor in 1917. For more extensive information on this cute little critter, check out its AmphibiaWeb Page.

Pavilion

A pavilion with a maximum capacity of 40 people is available free-of-charge on a first-come first-served basis along with a public restroom and parking area.