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Thursday, April 5, 2007

Lyman Lake To Be Ready By Late Spring, Early Summer

HARRISBURG April 5, 2007— Construction of a new dam at Lyman Run State Park is nearing completion, clearing the way for refilling of the park lake and its reemergence as Potter County’s leading tourist attraction, Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Michael DiBerardinis said today.

“When the park beach and lake areas last were open in 1999, more than 130,000 visitors made Lyman Run State Park Potter County’s largest tourist destination,” DiBerardinis said. “With the filling of the lake later this year, and completion of the construction of new modern restrooms and shower facilities in two of its campgrounds, Lyman Run should regain its status as one of the leading attractions in the county.”

Built in the early 1950s, the old dam at the 595-acre state park near Galeton had experienced seeps and leakage — and been closely monitored as a result — almost since its construction. Safety concerns forced the dam breaching and draining of the lake in April 2000.

Allan A. Myers Inc. of Worcester began the project to remove the old dam and spillway in April 2004. The company began construction of the new, 50-foot high, 1,000-foot long, earthen dam and spillway later that year. The total cost of the project is nearly $17 million.

“All major dam construction is complete and road grading, turf reseeding and landscaping will be finished in the coming weeks,” DiBerardinis said. “Pending the project’s certification by the Department of Environmental Protection, filling of the lake could begin later this spring.”

Last stocked with trout in 2000 by the Fish and Boat Commission, the 45-acre Lyman Run Lake had been popular with anglers and other park visitors. Barring problems with the filling process or weather extremes, the lake should be available for fishing and limited boating by late spring or early summer.

“DCNR knows the value of Lyman Run State Park and its lake to the economy of north central Pennsylvania and we remain committed to expediting this project,” DiBerardinis said. “We know thousands of visitors anticipate the day when the lake again graces the park grounds, and brook trout swim in its clean, cold water.”

For more details on the dam project, call the park office at (814) 435-5010. For information on Lyman Run or any of the state’s 117 state parks, call toll-free, 1-888-PA-PARKS, or visit www.dcnr.state.pa.us (click on State Parks).

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