Best places for power boating in Pittsburgh and surrounding areas.
I have been a sailor for most of my life and have just purchased a 15ft Rinker open bow runabout. I like to vacation in Deep Creek MD and have rented powerboats from Bills Marine many times while renting houses along the lake. I took the plunge this year and bought a power boat because I thought using the boat at night would be a plus for fishing and evening cruises around the lake. The rest of the time while not on vacation I plan to put in on the three rivers mostly at the South Side launch ramp under the Birmingham Bridge in Riverfront Park. Another place I know about is right below the Emsworth Dam on the Ohio river. Other areas I am aware of for power boating in the area are the Yough Lake and Conneaut Lake. Lake Erie is far enough (2hours in each direction) that it makes day trips out of the question for me. Most of the other PA lakes have the 20hp or less restriction. I am interested to hear from other members about their favorite places to use their boats. Also if you have comments about where to avoid I would be interested in hearing about that as well.