2008-05-31 / Front Page

LYMAN LAKE IS BACK

Dam dedication planned Thursday

The $17 million project to remove and replace the dam at Lyman Lake is completed. The new dam, a modern zig-zag style, is 1,000 feet long. The $17 million project to remove and replace the dam at Lyman Lake is completed. The new dam, a modern zig-zag style, is 1,000 feet long. On Thursday morning, local dignitaries will gather at Lyman Run State Park to dedicate the new dam that was eight years in the making.

The 11 am ceremony is being sponsored by the Pa. Dept. of Conservation and Natural Resources amid rumors that Gov. Ed Rendell may attend.

Last weekend, Potter County Anglers Club deposited more than 1,000 trout in the cold waters of Lyman Lake to usher-in the return of recreation to an impoundment that once attracted about 110,000 people annually.

More recently, Pa. Fish & Boat Commission stocking has swelled the trout total.

Lyman Run State Park Manager Chip Harrison reports that restoration of the lake has gone smoothly since the state gave the go-ahead for the incremental filling under controlled conditions.

As of Thursday, the lake had a depth of 30 feet, with water beginning to fill in to the beach area. Harrison said two more "fill and hold" cycles in the coming days will bring the lake's depth to about 36 feet.

Water comes from tiny Lyman Run, as well as the springs that empty into the valley.

Refilling of the lake came after a long process of demolishing an earthen dam, building a new one, testing and permitting. In time, the lake is expected to once again be a popular attraction for anglers, swimmers and boaters.

Built in the early 1950s, the old dam at the 595-acre state park experienced seeps and leakage that required close monitoring almost since its construction. Safety concerns forced breaching and draining of the lake in April 2000.

In April 2004, Allan A. Myers Inc. of Worcester began the nearly $17 million project to remove the old dam and spillway and construct the new, 50-foot-high earthen dam and spillway. The dam has a modern zig-zag design and is 1,000 feet long.

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