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By Paul Chasko

A beautiful spring Saturday coinciding with the opening day of trout season brought out a nice crowd of folks to Mingo Creek Park – one of the nicest parks in Southwestern PA.

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Dave Schmidt of Baldwin has a nice stringer of trout

 Opening day was Saturday, April 12th this year. Mingo Creek is popular for family fishing, as the creek is easily accessible from the roads and pathways and there's adequate parking all along the length of the creek. The creek is usually heavily stocked with brown trout and rainbow trout and fishermen will occasionally land one of the pale palamino trout.

This year, fishermen were reporting heavy catches. The usual hot spots in the deep pools under the Henry and Ebeneezer Bridges were supplemented with deeper water provided by weirs constructed by the County folks to improve the habitat for trout. Several bridges constructed across the creek over the past several years allow visitors better access to both sides of the creek. Mingo Creek will be restocked with trout throughout the spring while the water is still nice and cold.

The other features of the park are the 15 miles of horse riding trails and the biking and walking trail that stretch through the park. The park is great for dog owners as well. Leashes are required in most parts of the park for the safety of both pets and visitors. The park has provided a free-running area for dogs in past years.

If you're not familiar with the layout of Mingo Creek Park try the Internet before visiting or stop in at the park office. There are special park events scheduled each year as well.

Click on "Gallery " to see more photos of Opening Day at Mingo Park by Paul Chasko

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