Important Bird Areas

Shohola Waterfowl Management Area SGL 180

Pennsylvania

Shohola is a man-made lake with a dam on its northern end. The lake is fed by a spring and three streams. Several islands in the lake are intserspersed with large expanses of open water. The lake's waters are mostly shallow and contain a healthy warm-water fishery. The lake is stocked with game fish and it is almost completely surounded by game lands, except for the southwest side where there are a few private homes.The game lands contain two wildlife propogation areas that are closed to the public. Upland areas surrounding the lake are mixed deciduous woodlands. Beaver, Muskrat, River Otter, and Monarch Butterfly can be found here.

Directions: Approximately 10 miles west of Milford on the south side of State Highway Route 6.

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Ornithological Summary

Bald Eagles were released at Shohola in the 1980s as part of a restoration program. One pair has been successfully breeding here for over 6 years. The lake and surrounding habitat is important for shorebirds, waterfowl, and warblers. Extensive areas of standing dead timber provide habitat for weaterfowl, wading birds, and eagles, while the marshy areas provide for migrating shorebirds.

Hunting of waterfowl and fishing are allowed in designated areas. Two wildlife propogation areas are closed to the public during high-use periods. Water level in lake is maintained to maximize the benefits to migrating waterfowl.

Conservation Issues

Recreational oversue/human disturbance and the introduction of non-indigenous flora/fauna are possible threats to the area.