Hike to Goose Pond Dry Dam

Part of the Get Outdoors Poconos hiking series

Saturday, September 21, 2019 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Brodhead Watershed Association

The Goose Pond Dry Dam is so much more than a beautiful bit of wilderness in Barrett Township, Pa. The earthen dam was built to prevent the horror of the flood of 1955 from ever happening again.

On Saturday, Sept. 21, Brodhead Watershed Association will host a hike to show participants how the dry dam helps prevent flooding downstream. Adam Schellhammer, district manager of Monroe County Conservation District, which maintains the dam, will lead the hike and explain why the area’s dry dams are so important.

During major storms, this dry dam fills, slows the water, and controls its release, keeping a wall of debris-laden water from inundating homes and businesses downstream.

On the way to the dam, hikers will also pass through multiple habitats in a few minutes — a healthy wetland full of native cattails, a rocky barren outcrop with reindeer lichen, and pollinator-laden meadows: moths, bumble bees, honey bees, butterflies, grasshoppers, crickets, and more. Overhead, eagles are sometimes seen, as are wading birds, ducks, geese and an elegant great blue heron. Wood turtles also put in appearances.


This is a mostly easy, out-and-back walk of about 2.25 miles on a wide, grassy trail. One section leads steeply down to the creek. Tick protection is essential.

WHEN: 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019

WHERE: Directions will be given upon registration. Important: There is no parking at the trailhead. We will shuttle to the trailhead from a nearby location. Registration for this hike is limited to 22 people.

NOTE: This hike is arranged by permission from Monroe County Conservation District, and is led by District Manager Adam Schellhammer and Carol Hillestad. The dry dam is owned and patrolled by Monroe County and, for security reasons, is not otherwise open to the public.

COST: Free, but registration is required.

INFORMATION: Call 570-839-1120 or 570-629-2727; email info@brodheadwatershed.org. For information about this and other hikes in the free Get Outdoors Poconos series, go to brodheadwatershed.org/gopoconos. The hike series is administered by Brodhead Watershed Association and supported by a grant from the William Penn Foundation.


Goose Pond Dry Dam
Route 191 North
Barrett Township, PA 18326
570-839-1120 or 570-629-2727

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