Highland Park's Carnegie Lake was originally built to serve as a halfway point for water pumped from the Allegheny River to a reservoir. Improvements in pumping technology made it obsolete before it even opened. The lake was mainly used for boating until 1932, when half of its space was converted into a swimming pool and the bottom was covered with cement.
The lake fell into disrepair but is being revitalized as part of the Conservancy’s 2000 Regional Parks Master Plan. The Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority also contributed to Carnegie Lake’s restoration installing aerators to improve water quality for fish.
Last summer, the lake was stocked with channel catfish, largemouth bass and bluegill, one of the last steps in a two-year effort by the Pittsburgh Parks Conservatory and the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission to restore the pond, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Today, the Lake is open for fishing. No license is required. I recommend boots or old shoes because of the Canada Goose poop.
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