Linesville Spillway
Linesville Spillway
4.5
Bodies of WaterPoints of Interest & Landmarks
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Margo
41 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020 • Friends
Have been to the spillway in the past & used to be chock full of carp. So much so that the ducks could walk on top of them, like they were walking on water.
This past trip had significantly less carp, and the water was full of bread they hadn't eaten.
Kind of gross.
Written September 9, 2020
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Pittsburgh, PA121,362 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
If in the Linesville area or close by. Stop and visit this quirky attraction. You can buy bread to feed the carp fish for a dollar. There's so many fish they are on top of each other. The kids love feeding them. Highly recommended
Written July 16, 2023
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sunnyskies014
Pittsburgh, PA429 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Couples
Great place to visit and feed the fish! Haven’t been here in about 20 years. It has greatly improved since then. They have a large parking area, benches, bathrooms and a cute gift store! They sell loafs of bread for only a dollar.
Written June 24, 2022
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63impala
Stoneham, MA1,366 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021
I first visited the spillway about 40 years ago. We were in the area so we decided to check it out. Some things have changed since I was a kid. The original bridge that is still there but now behind a better bridge wall is crumbling. The area seems well taken care of. There weren't as many crowds there as I remember but it might have been an off day. The fish are still there and still as plentiful as ever. The ducks and geese still climb all over the fish to get bread and crackers and whatever else people throw in there. It was great to travel down memory lane again.
Written October 8, 2021
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conrade886
Huntington, NY237 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2014 • Solo
I went here on the fourth of July weekend looking to see Pymatuning Reservoir. When driving to it, I noticed alot of cars parked and decided to see the spillway. In seeing the spillway I noticed people at the railings and then saw more Carp then I'd ever seen in my life near the surface eating bread the people were tossing in the water.

I gotta say it was disturbing to see that mainly because the greatest concentration of carp were in a part of the water below a small waterfall where they could not get back into the rest of the lake. In a way, I felt what I witnessed with these carp was a metaphor for the welfare state- these carp are unable to move back up into the rest of the lake, they keep getting larger and less able bodied, and they are trained to wait for handouts of free bread from the people visited. The fact that carp are classified by scientists to be a trash fish/bottom feeding fish only confirms that metaphor.

This reservoir overall was disappointing at least from the car drive standpoint, it did not seem like a . I wish I could say more good things about it but it didnt seem like a special drive. If you like feeding fish, youll like it here, if you are disturbed about what I have written above, you are better off not going here.
Written July 6, 2014
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locallogic
Columbus, OH57 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
Upon arriving, the 10 year old says "I hope winter never happens here. These fish will die. They don't know how to find their own food."

Five minutes later, the 12 year old says "The fish don't get full. They're not smart enough to know when to stop. We should tell people to stop feeding them."

Next to us, an lady who has had her fair share of processed food throws in fist-fulls of basic white bread, and barks at her child to open up the pop tarts. THEY THREW WHOLE POP TARTS AT FISH!!

She proceeds to comment, "Look at all these big fish! How did they get so big?!"

Cue my kids wide-eyed, aghast, and completely ready to barf:
I don't think they'll be asking for pop-tarts or white bread anytime soon.

Gross. Just a nasty practice taking advantage of bird brains and fish brains that don't know any better. Can we at least give them foods they would find in nature? Make it a challenge for them to find the food? Something?

THEY AREN'T HUNGRY, PEOPLE! They are 20-40 pound fish eating probably five loaves of bread a day. EACH.

Go if you want. Maybe those are your kind of fish.
Written September 27, 2019
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kim d
cleveland ohio322 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2014 • Friends
this place kind of reminded me of an alfred hitchcock movie, like the birds but in the water. when we were there there were lots of people throwing bags of bread, bagels, etc into the water and the carp were just throwing themselves on top of each other to get to it. It kind of made both myself and the folks I was with sick to our stomachs and we didnt stay long. if you can look over the fish the lake and scenery is very pretty, but hard to tune those large fish out.
Written July 17, 2014
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kuttfam
Allentown, PA52 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Family
I was here once as a kid and once last week as an adult. And both times were so much fun! My children enjoyed it and as a family we are hoping to return again next year. After hearing reports of a carp kill off fall of 2017 the carp are back in full force summer 2018. You can buy bread off a truck in parking area for 1.00 per loaf. There is a snack shop there too.
Written June 15, 2018
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Travelbug
Pittsburgh, PA413 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2017 • Couples
Had been at the spillway about 8 years ago and remembered there being so many fish at the spill way that the ducks were walking right on top of them. Went there this past weekend and there were hardly any live fish in the spill way. There were some dead ones floating around and we did notice lots of dead ones other parts of the lake. Just googled it and there has been a large amount of carp dying off at the lake due to suspected virus. Not sure if this is why there were hardly any fish at the spillway or not. Lots of geese to feed.
Written September 17, 2017
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That Was Exciti... .
Erie, PA185 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2016 • Family
Kids - There's nothing to do! I'm Bored!

Parent's - Well how about an adventure feeding huge fish and learn about some wild life.
Problem solved.

If you have never been to the Linesville spillway hopefully this review gives you some tips for a day of fun and even some learning might go on. (shhhh....don't tell the kids, learning can't be fun) Obviously the highlight is feeding the carp and it is pretty cool. There are also a few other things to check out close by tho. Ford Island the first access road on your right when heading north has a nature center and path ways to walk around on. This is also a great place to eat lunch it gets you away from the crowds and seagulls that are near the spillway. The third place to stop is the Pymatuning Wildlife Learning Center and Fish Commission park it will be the second drive way on your right after Ford Island. There are a few picnic tables here as well if you're looking for a place to take a break. Inside you'll find a cool fish tank with the native fish from around Pennsylvania. Follow the stairs down to the lower part of the tank so you can see the big catfish that are on the bottom. This lower level is also where they are raising all the baby fish and it's interesting to see. So make sure you pack a picnic and bring some stale bread.

$ean's Tip - The carp go crazy when you feed them stale bread bring lots! If you go to your closest Schweble's Bakery Outlet you can buy farm bread also known as "bird bred" for 25 cents a pack. That's 10 packs of bread for $2.50! I recommend at least 5 packs per person, trust me it sounds like a lot but you will go through it. Call Schwebel's a few days ahead of time and see if they have farm bread available sometimes they sell out or don't have any. Check Out That Was Exciting For More Adventure Tips And Tricks.

That Was Exciting
Make Every Day An Adventure
Written May 10, 2016
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