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East Lynn Lake Campground Closed for Memorial Day

Monday, May 21st, 2012

   The campground at East Lynn Lake will remain closed during Memorial Day weekend while U.S. Army Corps of Engineers crews continue to repair the damage caused by tornados that hit the area on March 2.

     The damage was confined to East Fork Campground. Repairs are expected to be complete by June 1.

     All reservations from May 11 thru 31 have been canceled. Individuals will be refunded for those reservations. All reservations made for June 1 and beyond are still valid.

     Area 3 of the campground sustained the most damage and that camp loop will be the last area to open. The damage includes toppled trees at campsites, downed electrical and phone lines, and damage to other facilities. 

     The staff continues to work with utility companies to repair the damage, restore electrical service and clear away debris.

     Reservations for camping are still being accepted through the National Recreation Reservation Service, but the campground will not open until work is completed and it can be safely used by the public. All day use areas, shelters and the marina were unaffected by the tornado. 

     For more information, write to Resource Manager, East Lynn Lake, 683 Overlook Trail Road, East Lynn, W.Va.  25512, call the project at 304-849-2355, or stop by the Park Office at the office adjacent to the East Lynn Dam.

Volunteers Build Big Sandy Area Training Center

Friday, May 18th, 2012

     HUNTINGTON, W.Va…   The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Dewey Lake in Van Lear, Ky., is benefiting from volunteer efforts by representatives of the Big Sandy Community and Technical College (BSCTC). The college has been making improvements to the Big Sandy Area Training Center at the lake.

            The center is used for meetings and trainings for the Big Sandy Area. It is also used for interpretive programs such as water safety trainings and Environmental Stewardship programs conducted by Dewey Lake, Floyd County Rescue Squad, and Kentucky Fish and Wildlife. Work on the center began in October 2010 and is nearing completion.

     Eric Campbell, an Air Conditioning Technology instructor, and Mike Froman, a Construction Technology instructor, provided the leadership and the manpower to rehabilitate many areas of the facility, including the installation of a new heating and air system, and interior and exterior restorations.

      Manpower provided students from BSCTC. This project gave students the opportunity to take part in “hands on” field work dealing within their program of study.

     Campbell and Froman’s students contributed more than 2,250 hours of volunteer service to the Corps of Engineers valued at over $40,000

Corps of Engineers will honor new America the Beautiful Federal Recreation Annual Pass for Military

Thursday, May 17th, 2012

Huntington, W.Va.  – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will begin accepting the America the Beautiful Federal Recreation Pass Program’s new Interagency Annual Pass for Military service members (Military Pass) at its Corps-managed recreation areas.

        Beginning on Armed Forces Day on May 19, service men and women – Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, and activated National Guard and Reserves, and their dependents who present the new Military Pass will receive a fee waiver to Corps-managed day-use areas (boat launches and swimming areas).

 The Military Pass, which is free, may be obtained in person at U.S. Forest Service, National Park Service, Bureau of Reclamation, Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service facilities. Additional information on the Federal Recreation Pass Program is available at http://store.usgs.gov/pass/annual.html.

 Military members and their dependents may also present a Department of the Defense Identification Card or Common Access Card (CAC) to receive the day-use fee waiver at Corps-managed day-use areas.

 In the Huntington District, Corps-managed day use facilities are located at Beech Fork, East Lynn, Burnsville, Sutton, Summersville and R.D. Bailey Lakes in West Virginia; at Grayson and Fishtrap Lakes in Kentucky; and at John W. Flannagan Dam and Reservoir in Virginia.

 Corps campgrounds are located at Burnsville, Sutton, Summersville, R.D. Bailey and East Lynn Lakes in West Virginia, at Fishtrap Lake in Kentucky, and at John W. Flannagan Dam and Reservoir in Virginia.

 In a separate effort, the Corps will continue to waive camping fees for active duty military members and their dependents on mid- or post-deployment leave. To qualify for a camping fee waiver at a Corps-managed campground, a member or dependent must present the new Military Pass or CAC and a copy of their mid- or post-deployment (reintegration) leave orders.

 Camping fees are waived on a walk-up and space available basis, as well as for reservations made through the National Recreation Reservation Service call center at 1-877-444-6777. However, fees will not be waived for on-line reservations made through the on-line Recreation.gov Web site.

 “Our military service members and their families sacrifice so much for our country. The waiver of day-use fees at Corps lakes and recreation areas will make it easier and more affordable for them to get to the great outdoors with their families and relax,” said Maj. Gen. Michael J. Walsh, USACE Deputy Commanding General for Civil and Emergency Operations.

     The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is the nation’s largest federal provider of outdoor recreation, managing more than 400 lake and river facilities in 43 states and hosting more than 370 million visits per year. With 90 percent of these recreation areas within 50 miles of metropolitan areas they provide a diverse range of outdoor activities close to home and to people of all ages. For more information on Corps recreation sites and activities, visit www.CorpsLakes.us.

 

Repairs Continue on East Lynn Lake Campground

Friday, May 11th, 2012

     Despite the continuing efforts by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to repair the damage caused by tornados that hit East Lynn Lake in East Lynn, W.Va., the opening of the campground at the lake has been delayed. The target date for the completion of repairs was Memorial Weekend, but the new estimated opening date is June 1.

     The storm struck East Lynn Lake on March 2. Damage was confined to East Fork Campground.

     All reservations from May 11 thru 31 have been canceled. Individuals will be refunded for those reservations. All reservations made for June 1 and beyond are still valid.

     Area 3 of the campground sustained the most damage and that camp loop will be the last area to open. The damage includes toppled trees at campsites, downed electrical and phone lines, and damage to other facilities. 

     The staff continues to work with utility companies to repair the damage, restore electrical service and clear away debris.

     Reservations for camping are still being accepted through the National Recreation Reservation Service, but the campground will not open until work is completed and it can be safely used by the public. All day use areas, shelters and the marina were unaffected by the tornado. 

     For more information, write to Resource Manager, East Lynn Lake, 683 Overlook Trail Road, East Lynn, W.Va.  25512, call the project at 304-849-2355, or stop by the Park Office at the office adjacent to the East Lynn Dam.

“Rake the Lake” at Sutton Lake

Friday, May 4th, 2012

 

   The Third Annual “Rake the Lake” Spring Cleanup at Sutton Lake in Sutton, W.Va., is scheduled for May 12, 2012, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

     More than 120 participants collected over a ton of trash and debris from around Sutton Lake last year. Many volunteers bring their boats and go to their favorite cove while others drive or hike into remote areas. They pick up pop bottles, plastic bags, old ice chests, buckets, tires and other rubbish. Thanks to the efforts of volunteers, several areas, including Wolf Creek, Bee Run and Lower Flatwoods Run, are noticeably cleaner.

    “Rake the Lake” is open to everyone, and past events have included families, groups of Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, and friends who help make Sutton Lake a little bit brighter! If you’re looking for a project to tackle, Sutton Lake staff can suggest an area in particular need of attention, and will provide trash bags, gloves, buckets for sharp objects and collection service around the lake.

    The event is hosted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Sutton Lake, the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection, Sutton Lake Marina and the Braxton Citizen’s News.

    At the conclusion of the day, numerous local businesses sponsor a cook-out at Sutton Lake Marina to thank those who participate. The first 200 registered participants also receive a T-Shirt.

    To volunteer call the Sutton Lake Project Office at 304-765-2816 or e-mail SuttonLake@usace.army.mil to register.

Cleanup Continues at East Lynn Lake

Friday, April 27th, 2012

   Efforts continue to repair the destruction caused by tornados that damaged park facilities at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers facility at East Lynn Lake in East Lynn, W.Va., and the opening of the campground at the lake will be delayed past the scheduled start on May 11, 2012.

  The storm struck East Lynn Lake on March 2, 2012. Damage was confined to East Fork Campground, and includes toppled trees at campsites, damage to electrical and phone lines, and damage to other facilities. 

   The staff continues to work with utility companies to repair the damage, restore electrical service and clear away debris. The campground was scheduled to open May 11, 2012, but that opening will be delayed while work is completed.

   All reservations from May 11 thru 19 have been canceled. Individuals will be refunded for those reservations.

   The campground is now scheduled to open May 20, and all reservations made for that date and beyond are still valid.

   Area 3 of the campground sustained the most damage and that camp loop will be the last area to open.

   Reservations for camping are still being accepted through the National Recreation Reservation Service, but the campground will not open until work is completed and it can be safely used by the public. All day use areas, shelters and the marina are unaffected by damages from the tornado. 

   For more information, write to Resource Manager, East Lynn Lake, 683 Overlook Trail Road, East Lynn, W.Va.  25512, call the project at 304-849-2355, or stop by the Park Office at the office adjacent to the East Lynn Dam.

Cleanup Planned at East Lynn Lake

Friday, April 13th, 2012

     East Lynn Lake and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will host the annual lake cleanup April 28, 2012, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

      Volunteers are invited to assist Corps employees in cleanup efforts at the lake. Activities include debris and trash pickup in the East Fork Campground and along the lakeshore. Strong winds in March left behind a large amount of debris. Those wishing to volunteer should meet at the East Fork Day Use Area at 8 a.m. 

      Those who wish to pick up trash along the lake may use their personal boat and deposit collected trash at any boat ramp.  Volunteers for cleanup along the lake should meet at the Lakeside Day Use Area at 8 a.m. Garbage bags will be provided at the site. Volunteers who do not have access to a boat may pick up trash by walking along the shoreline at the dam, lakeside and East Fork areas. 

      Groups who plan on participating are encouraged to sign up prior to the event by calling 304-849-2355.   

      Volunteers should bring gloves and work shoes or boots. Lunch will be provided for all volunteers at the East Fork Campground from 11:30 a.m. to noon.

      For more information, write to G. Michael Smith, Resource Manager, East Lynn Lake, 683 Overlook Trail Road, East Lynn, WV 25512, call 304-849-2355, or stop by the lake office located at the dam.

Construction Planned at Greenup Locks and Dam

Monday, April 9th, 2012

    Here’s a link to a story over the weekend in The Independent in Ashland, Ky., about upcoming work planned for the Greenup Locks. You can read the story at this link:

   Work to replace a set of miter gates at the aging Greenup Locks and Dam will begin in June, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers officials announced last week.

    The approximately $12 million project to replace the upriver set of hydraulic doors is expected to take 12 weeks and will close down the 1,200-foot-long main lock chamber for the duration of the project.

    The gate replacement is being funded through the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers operations and maintenance budget.

Volunteers Sought for 3rd Annual Yatesville Lake Spring Cleanup

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

 The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is seeking volunteers for the 3rd Annual Yatesville Lake Spring Cleanup on Saturday, March 31, 9 a.m. to noon.

 The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will team up with the Eastern Kentucky P.R.I.D.E. (Personal Responsibility in a Desirable Environment) and Lawrence County to conduct this event to promote environmental responsibility and create a litter-free lake.

 If you are interested in participating in this year’s cleanup, please pre-register by calling 606-686-2412 or by email to LRH.Yatesville@usace.army.mil with “Yatesville Lake Spring Cleanup” in the subject line.  

 Volunteers should meet cleanup sponsors at the Lawrence County Park, Shelter # 3 by 9 a.m. Signs will be posted directing participants to the recreation area. Once registered, volunteers will travel to one of three pre-designated litter pick-up sites.

 Trash bags, gloves and vests will be provided at each site. Once volunteers have picked up the litter in their area, they will reconvene at the Lawrence County Park and receive a t-shirt and a lunch donated by a local sponsor.

 Media wishing to cover the cleanup are asked to contact the Huntington District Public Affairs Office at 304-399-5353.

Tornado Damage at East Lynn Lake

Friday, March 9th, 2012

 

   The tornados that struck eastern Kentucky and southern West Virginia March 2, 2012,  damaged park facilities at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers facility at East Lynn Lake in East Lynn, W.Va. 

   Damage was confined to East Fork Campground, and includes toppled trees at campsites, damage to electrical and phone lines, and damages to other facilities. 

   The staff is working with utility companies to repair the damage and clear away debris. Cleanup and repairs are ongoing with the hope that the facilities will be available for the normal campground opening in May. The opening date will depend on a variety of factors, including the restoration of power and telephone lines, debris removal and the general repair of facilities without interruption from spring floods or other events.

   Reservations for camping are still being accepted through the National Recreation Reservation Service, but the campground will not open until work is completed and it can be safely used by the public. All day use areas, shelters and the marina are unaffected by damages from the tornado. 

   For more information, write to Resource Manager, East Lynn Lake, 683 Overlook Trail Road, East Lynn, W.Va.  25512, call the project at 304-849-2355, or stop by the Park Office at the office adjacent to the East Lynn Dam.