Gunter Valley Dam

Permanent Breach

Gunter Valley Dam

Permanent Breach

Institution Type:


Project Class:

 Site Improvement, Demolition, Land Development

Project Delivery System:

 General Contractor

Construction Type:


This 50-year-old concrete and earthen dam in the Tuscarora State Forest was drained due to seepage and leakage problems, then breached. The original purpose was for a drinking water supply source for the town of Shippensburg, however rehabilitation was not fiscally feasible for the town. Concrete walls removed spanned about 80 feet high, and the dam was roughly 550 feet long. A spill way and control tower was also removed. Slopes were altered with approved fill to a finished grade throughout the various breach sections and channels. DCNR is committed to keeping the land open for public use, and the restoration of this area will safely give access to the original forest and Trout Run, a tributary to the Conodoguinet Creek. LSF moved 165,000 CY of dirt out of the earthen dam and placed it into designated fill areas.

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Start Date


Substantial Completion



Trout Run Road, Orrstown, PA 17244


Department of General Services


Gannett Flemming

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