Public Use Guildlines - Barneston Dam

Guidelines for Public Use of the Barneston Flood Control Facility and Adjacent Lands


Who owns the Barneston Facility and the adjacent lands?


  • Chester County Water Resources Authority owns approximately 177 acres including the Barneston Dam.

Where are these lands located?

  • This property lies southwest of Route 282 and to the east and west of Route 82, in Wallace and West Nantmeal Townships.
  • The land is adjacent to the East Branch Brandywine Creek and surrounds the Barneston Flood Control Facility.

Is the public allowed to access these lands?


  • These lands are open to the public, however access to the earthen dam, its inlet and outlet are strictly prohibited.
  • Safe access to walk the property and trails can be gained from the pull off area via the access path that leads to the access drive.

Is hunting and trapping allowed on these lands?

  • Hunting and trapping are permitted on this land in accordance with applicable laws and regulations, which are strictly enforced.
  • The Pennsylvania Game Commission manages these lands for all day use activities as part of the Cooperative Safety Zone Program (also known as Cooperator Lands).
  • As per PA Game Commission regulations that also apply to Cooperator Lands, tree stands must be conspicuously marked with a durable and legible identification tag and tree stands must be temporary: placed out not more than two weeks before the first big-game season and must be removed no later than two weeks after the final deer season in that area. PA Game Commission officers may confiscate tree stands that are left behind outside of the established use period.
  • Residents should be advised that various hunting and trapping seasons on the property take place from September through March 31.

What is the Barneston Dam Habitat Enhancement Project?

  • Work is planned to begin in 2017 and continue into 2018 to enhance, protect, and manage the American Woodcock habitat.This project was entirely funded by the Ruffed Grouse Society. Please read the fact sheet for more details.

How can I safely enjoy these lands?


  • Keep dogs leashed at all times. Active trapping occurs on and surrounding the dam structure year-round.
  • During public hunting and trapping seasons, we recommend that everyone wear bright orange, and be extremely mindful if walking off trail or beyond mowed areas to avoid traps.
  • Avoid rapidly rising floodwaters.

Are ATV's or motorcycles permitted on these lands or on the old rail bed?


  • No. To ensure everyone's safety and enjoyment of the area, motorized vehicles, overnight use and fires are prohibited.
  • These rules are strictly enforced by the PA Game Commission.
Please contact the Chester County Water Resources Authority for more information at wauth@chesco.org or call 610-344-5400.The Authority offices are located at 601 Westtown Road, Suite 260, West Chester, PA 19380.

To learn more about hunting and trapping seasons, visit the PA Game Commission website at www.pgc.state.pa.us.

Call 911 for emergency response or to report suspicious activity at the dam structure. Contact the PA Game Commission Wildlife Conservation Officer at 610.926.3137 to report other violations.

Thank you and enjoy!

WE ENCOURAGE THE SAFE ENJOYMENT OF THE LANDS SURROUNDING THE BARNESTON FLOOD CONTROL FACILITY. PLEASE RESPECT OTHER USERS, AND PROTECT YOURSELF, YOUR FAMILY AND YOUR PETS, BY FOLLOWING THE ABOVE GUIDELINES.
View of Barneston Flood Control Facility from the pull off area on Creek Road/Route 282