Two Mile Run Park
DESCRIPTION: Justus Lake is one of only two fair-sized bodies of water in Venango County (excepting the Allegheny River, the other is Kahle Lake). Justus Lake covers 144 acres and can be good for waterfowl during migration. There is very little exposed mud during spring migration, so shorebirds usually are scarce. The north end of the lake, near the boat launch area, is the shallow end and sometimes by fall migration the lake is low enough to expose mud and support a few migrating shorebirds. Marsh Wren has been recorded during fall migration in the small cattail area where Two-Mile Run enters the lake. The oak-maple woods surrounding the lake sometimes have good passerine fallout during spring and fall migration. Summer nesting birds are typical of the area and include Wood Thrush, Red-eyed Vireo, Yellow Warbler, Chestnut-sided Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Scarlet Tanager, Baltimore Oriole, and Indigo Bunting.

DIRECTIONS: From the intersection of PA 8, PA 62 and PA 428 at the north end of the Petroleum Street Bridge in Oil City, follow PA 428 north for 5.7 miles to Cherrytree Road. Turn left on to Cherrytree Road for 1.6 miles to the boat launch area on the left. The wet woods and adjacent area is an excellent location for migrant thrushes, warblers, and flycatchers. Empidonax, including Yellow-bellied Flycatcher, have been found in the edge habitat. When leaving the boat launch area, turn right on Cherrytree Road and continue to the next intersection with Beach Road. Turn right on Beach Road and proceed 0.6 mile to the entrance to the beach and bathing area.


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Posted: 2009-10-24 00:00:00