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Pymatuning State Park is one of the most visited state parks in Pennsylvania. The 17,088-acre Pymatuning Reservoir includes the Linesville Spillway where fish are so plentiful that the “ducks walk on the fishes’ backs” to compete for the fish food tossed in by visitors.

Construction began in 1931 and was completed in 1934 at a cost of $3.7 million. Officially dedicated as a park in 1937, it was initially managed by the Water and Power Resources Board. In 1971 management was transferred to the newly formed Department of Forest and Waters, later becoming the Department of Environmental Resources, and finally Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

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Since as long as anyone can remember — some say 1934 — locals and tourists have tossed bread to a suckling, quacking stew of carp and ducks at the Linesville Spillway in northwest Pennsylvania. The small dam is the site of one of America’s oldest roadside attractions, roughly halfway between Cleveland and Pittsburgh. The carp gather just outside Linesville, Pa., in writhing thickets at the spillway’s edges. The fish are so thick that mallard ducks, also in search of a free meal, literally hop, skip and jump on the fish’s backs to compete for a slice of bread. –

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