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The road crossing the top of the dam is currently closed to through traffic for construction purposes. 
Access to the motor boat launch and the kayak launch is open, and can be accessed on either side.

COVID-19 Mitigation Measures at F.E. Walter Dam

  • Masks are not required to be worn indoors or outdoors by fully vaccinated visitors.
    Fully vaccinated individuals are those who are at least two weeks beyond their final dose. 
     
  • Masks are required to be worn by unvaccinated visitors indoors at all times, and when outdoors if sustained physical distancing cannot be met.
    Unvaccinated individuals are not required to wear a mask outdoors when recreating alone or in a household group.
     
  • Visitors actively engaged in water-related activities with a clear and immediate risk of masks becoming wet may temporarily forgo wearing masks, but must maintain physical distance whenever possible. 

Latest News

Army Corps updates road closure status at Francis E. Walter Dam
5/28/2021
The U.S. Army Corps Engineers’ Philadelphia District announced an update for the ongoing repairs of Walter Dam Road. Road repairs and paving work is being conducted in phases...
Army Corps announces road closure at Francis E. Walter Dam
4/23/2021
The U.S. Army Corps Engineers’ Philadelphia District announced sections of Walter Dam Road (and through traffic between Bear Creek Road and Route 940) will be closed from April 26 through June 30 for...

Francis E. Walter Dam & Reservoir

The Francis E. Walter Dam was constructed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 1961 and has prevented more than $220 million in flood damages. It also supports recreation in the Lehigh Valley with planned fishing and whitewater rafting water releases.
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The Francis E. Walter Dam has prevented more than $220 million in flood damages since its construction. It also supports recreation along the Lehigh River with planned fishing and whitewater rafting water releases.
The red-spotted purple butterfly is common to Pennsylvania, it is a beautiful forest butterfly that is commonly seen in the woodland area surrounded by Francis E. Walter Dam.
As visitors drive along the entrance roadway, they are greeted with a spectacular view of dam tower, reservoir, and surrounding landscape when they reach the dam.
Open cliff faces and fractured rock within the southerly facing tree line area at Francis E. Walter Dam provide prime habitat for rattlesnakes. Students from East Stroudsburg University have studied the rattlesnake population at the project.

F. E. Walter Project Overview

Francis E. Walter Dam was constructed in 1961 by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The dam was primarily built for flood risk management, but recreation became a Congressionally-authorized purpose in 1988. F.E. Walter Dam operates as a system in conjunction with Beltzville Dam, located in Lehighton PA, to reduce flooding in the downstream communities along the Lehigh River. Since its construction, the F.E. Walter Dam has prevented more than $245 million in flood damages to the Lehigh River Valley.

In recent years, funding was used to upgrade roads, upgrade electric, repair cracks in the intake tower, repair concrete on the gravity wall and outlet structure, and grout the dam to address seepage issues.

Flow Management Plan

Since 2005, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Philadelphia District, in partnership with the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Delaware River Basin Commission, and stakeholders from both the nonprofit and private sectors, has employed a collaborative approach to managing flows out of the Francis E. Walter Dam into the Lehigh River.

Subject to the project’s primary mission of flood damage reduction, Francis E. Walter Dam Flow Management Working Group seeks to strike an optimal balance among legitimate yet sometimes competing interests in terms of natural resource management and recreational opportunities. Central to the group’s effort is development each year of a flow management plan that builds upon prior year success while identifying and incorporating areas of potential improvement.

Public involvement is key to the continued success of this program. The public is encouraged to provide us feedback and tell us how we can better serve them through this website. Please check in here regularly for process updates as well as to share your comments, concerns, data, and questions.