"The Dam is Becoming Dangerous and May Possibly Go!"

The South Fork dam failed on Friday, May 31, 1889 and unleashed 20,000,000 tons of water that devastated Johnstown, PA.  The flood killed 2,209 people but it brought the nation and the world together to aid the "Johnstown sufferers."  The story of the Johnstown Flood reminds us all, "...that we must leave nothing undone for the preservation and protection of our brother men."

Lake View Visitor Center

Lake View Visitor Center

Start your visit here and explore two floors of exhibits and watch the park film, "Black Friday."

Remains of dam

The South Fork Dam

Learn about the history of the South Fork Dam.

Club House

South Fork Fishing & Hunting Club House

Sitting along Lake Conemaugh, this building was the main structure of the South Fork Fishing and Hunting Club.



Drive past 9 of the original 16 cottages from the days of the South Fork Fishing and Hunting Club in the town of Saint Michael.


A Walk Through the Ruins

Join a Park Ranger for a guided walk through the ruins of the South Fork Dam.

Things to do

Things to Do!

Walk onto the remains of the South Fork Dam, and drive past the Club House and Cottages sit in present day Saint Michael.

Lakebed Rehabilitation Project

Lakebed Rehabilitation Project

One of the goals of the project is to restore the view to what the lakebed looked like shortly after the dam broke on May 31, 1889.

Club Members

Club Members

Learn about the members of the South Fork Fishing and Hunting Club.

Last updated: October 2, 2021

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733 Lake Road
South Fork, PA 15956


(814) 886-6171

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