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October 3, 2012

Greenbrier State Park to Lower Lake Water for Maintenance

by Martha

 

Greenbrier Lake

Greenbrier Lake

Greenbrier State Park staff is set to gradually drawdown about six feet of water from the park’s 42-acre lake, beginning October 15, to allow for some much needed maintenance work. The improvements include, repairing the lake’s popular boat ramp and removing accumulated sediment for better boating access.  

“After building up for more than 45 years, the sediment has made access from the boat ramp to the main body of the lake difficult,” said Greenbrier State Park Superintendant Dan Spedden. “Removing the deposits will restore the channel to its original shape, making navigating the waterway easier and more predictable.”

Although lakeshore fishing and boating will be more challenging during the drawdown, fishermen and boaters are welcome to use the lake. An improvised launch area will be available (the launch may not suit all types of vehicles and trailers). Park personnel expect the project to be completed in early February 2013, with the lake returning to normal well in advance of the spring trout season.    

Alvarez Contractors Inc, based out of Frederick, will be taking care of the renovations. The company has been operating in Maryland for more than 30 years. Project funding was provided through a Maryland Waterway Improvement Fund grant of $79,000. Revenue for the fund comes from the one-time, 5 percent excise tax, paid when a boat is purchased and titled in Maryland.

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