"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! Explore two floors of exhibits and watch the park film, "Black Friday."

Hours of Operation

Operating hours and seasons

Hours of Operation for the Visitor Center and park grounds can be found here.

Things to do

Things to Do!

Learn about the activities and tours that are offered at the park!

South Fork Dam

South Fork Dam

Learn about the history of the South Fork Dam, including the different owners.



Learn the history of the South Fork Dam, Club House and Cottages.



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.

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Last updated: March 22, 2023

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

733 Lake Road
South Fork, PA 15956


814 886-6171

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