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Re: Michaux State Forest

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[img align=right width=300]long pine rattler[/img]

Saw this guy on Birch Run Rd between Birch Run and Pine Run. There was another dead in the road about 50 yds away. be careful out there!

Posted on: 2013/6/12 13:07


Re: Michaux State Forest

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Is that a recent photo? I need to be more careful, because I hike through a lot of heavy brush on these streams. I try to wear waders but sometimes wet-wade late season. It would not be good getting a snakebite 2 miles from my car...

Posted on: 2013/6/12 22:58


Re: Michaux State Forest

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They are out there...if you are on facebook look up the michaux page. They post pics of bears and snakes sometimes.

Posted on: 2013/6/12 23:05


Re: Michaux State Forest

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If you are fishing in snake country you really need to be aware. They are out there! Having a close encounter with one really has a way of peaking your awareness the whole rest of the day! Seriously, watch where you step and put your hands. Be careful stepping over logs. Snakes like to lay alongside of downed logs because it is a great place to ambush mice and other little critters.

Posted on: 2013/6/12 23:08


Re: Michaux State Forest

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Looked like a beautiful day. Great pics!

Posted on: 2013/6/12 23:15


Re: Michaux State Forest

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Chris..........I lived in Newville around 10 or 12 years late 90s until around 2005 and then back out west here near Da Burgh.......anyhow i thought i knew Micheaux like the backof my hand but i dont remember that lake unless it's the one that flows down the Caledonia side of the mountain or maybe the York county side? It's been years since i fished Micheaux and it was mostly the Cumberland county side and mostly the Mountain creek and Yellow Breeches watersheds but i used to stay at Caledonia alot cause of Falling springs and there was a lake on the road from Caledonia back to Pine Grove furnace that drained back do9wn the Caledonia side is that it? Got me3 rememberin here ..........i had both legs back then Micheaux was awesome and close to home. Diverse fishing ops HUGE diversity. COOL POST

Posted on: 2013/6/13 7:24


Re: Michaux State Forest

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Is that a recent photo?

Yes, that was taken Monday.

Posted on: 2013/6/13 7:31


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dont remember that lake ...... there was a lake on the road from Caledonia back to Pine Grove furnace that drained back do9wn the Caledonia side is that it?


No, this lake is Long Pine.
The lake you remember was known as "Birch Run" or "Chambersburg Reservoir" and remains drained. We've had this discussion before as there remains confusion about this lake versus the one that has been drained. The problem stems from the fact that Long Pine is now sometimes called "Chambersburg" because it is the water supply for that town.

The old Birch Run lake bed will not be re-filled but is currently being managed as recovered forest. TU is also working on a promising project, to begin shortly, in conjunction with DCNR to recover the streambed as brook trout habitat.

Posted on: 2013/6/13 7:34


Re: Michaux State Forest

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What do they plan to do to the streambed in the drained reservoir? And what is the theory?

Wouldn't simply allowing the vegetation to recover and the stream channel to find its own path yield results that just as good or better?

Posted on: 2013/6/13 7:52


Re: Michaux State Forest

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I have to agree with Troubert other than maybe a few well plaqced boulders/stones?

Posted on: 2013/6/13 8:42


Re: Michaux State Forest

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Here is a video of a local guy and son fishing the old reservoir. Gives you an idea of what its like, if you've never been there.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mZP2xg4KoHo

Posted on: 2013/6/13 9:27


Re: Michaux State Forest

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The habitat is poor in the old lakebed section. That's not to say that anything should be done about it, but it will take a while for the stream to carve out a new channel. It makes some nice bends which in time should make some nice holes, but again that takes time. TU is probably looking for something more immediate.

Eventually, once the forest grows in and the stream makes some habitat, it will be a nice stretch to fish. Much of that watershed above the old lakebed is choked with rhodo and difficult if not impossible to fish in many places.

Posted on: 2013/6/13 11:07


Re: Michaux State Forest

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osprey wrote:
Chris..........I lived in Newville around 10 or 12 years late 90s until around 2005 and then back out west here near Da Burgh.......anyhow i thought i knew Micheaux like the backof my hand but i dont remember that lake unless it's the one that flows down the Caledonia side of the mountain or maybe the York county side? It's been years since i fished Micheaux and it was mostly the Cumberland county side and mostly the Mountain creek and Yellow Breeches watersheds but i used to stay at Caledonia alot cause of Falling springs and there was a lake on the road from Caledonia back to Pine Grove furnace that drained back do9wn the Caledonia side is that it? Got me3 rememberin here ..........i had both legs back then Micheaux was awesome and close to home. Diverse fishing ops HUGE diversity. COOL POST

There were 2 lakes on the Eastern side of Micheaux SF, lone Pine Reservoir and one other that is no longer there further down the drainage along the state highway. The water in the old lakebed has had a restoration completed and the fishing is decent in that sections.

Posted on: 2013/6/13 14:31


Re: Michaux State Forest

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Lots of great comments...

I fished the stream above the drained reservoir a few years back. Only caught one Brookie, but it was BIG...

I've fished Long Pine Reservoir a few times over the years with the fly rod. Caught some Perch and small bass, but it was tough.

Osprey: I fish the Cumberland County side more often as well, because I live in Camp Hill. Toms Run and the headwaters of Mountain Creek are both great wild Brook and Brown Trout streams. Lots of great wild trout water as you head towards Caledonia and beyond. Headwaters of Antietam above the Waynesboro reservoir, is a nice stream too.

Posted on: 2013/6/13 22:30


Re: Michaux State Forest

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We have a friend from Gettysburg who comes out this way who speaks highly of the Waynesboro resevoir.

Posted on: 2013/6/17 7:07



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