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Deer Lakes Park

www.alleghenycounty.us/parks/deer-lakes

Encompassing 1,180 acres in Frazer and West Deer townships, Deer Lakes Park features three fishing lakes as well as an observatory, spray park, shelters, a disc golf course, playgrounds, a multipurpose field, and walking, hiking and jogging trails.

Deer Lakes Park is open daily, 8:00 am – sunset

Deer Lakes Park is a good illustration of the development of natural assets into a specific park idea. Deer Lakes already had a large man-made lake that was used for fishing, and during its development that lake was improved and two other lakes added, all using the same water-shed and leading one to the other. The lakes are spring fed, and construction of dams and new settling basins have made the site a paradise for fishermen.

Analysis of the Deer Lakes township area and the service the park could provide to mining communities such as Russellton, Culmerville, and Curtisville suggested that fishing was an ideal theme. The state fisheries stock the lakes with pan fish such as bluegill, crappy, perch, sunfish, and trout. Some catfish, and a few bass are also found in the lake. Some local residents count on the fish as part of their regular diet. The picnic areas of the park all have the names of fish.

Excerpt from Allegheny County Parks  by R. Jay Gangewere.