Please be advised that high-water conditions have washed away normal warning devices (buoys) at Safe Harbor & Holtwood Dam.
Once conditions return to normal and it is safe to do so, the warning devices will be re-installed.
Please use additional caution when on the river. Pay attention to your surroundings and respect all signage.
Also, due to these conditions, the flashboards at Holtwood Dam were washed away. As a result, please expect low water levels until replacement work can take place.
Lake Clarke is the dividing line between York and Lancaster Counties. For boating, picnicking, water skiing, or for some simple fun in the sun, recreational activities abound along the shores of Lake Clarke.
For portage, a minimum of 24 hours notice is required to ensure safe portage around the dam.
Please call 508-251-7744 to coordinate.
GPS Coordinates for portage at the Safe Harbor Dam takeout point located at the southeast corner of Lake Clarke are:
39 55'36.63"N 76 23'43.82"W
Boaters in the tailrace should observe the warning signs, buoys, and signals provided by Safe Harbor, staying a safe distance from the discharge area.
Take a walking tour of what was once one of Pennsylvania's thriving river communities. From the blast furnace, to the blacksmith shop, to the schoolhouse, there was a time when Safe Harbor Iron Works made the most of the Susquehanna River's downriver navigation.