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Raystown Lake boat launches, campgrounds closing

Joe Napsha
| Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018, 9:42 p.m.
Raystown Lake in Huntingdon County.
Raystown Lake in Huntingdon County.

High water along Raystown Lake in Hungtindon County has forced the closure of several boat launches, nearby parking areas and some campgrounds, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said Thursday.

The recent heavy rains associated with Tropical Storm Gordon has resulted in the closing this weekend of the following boat launches: Snyder’s Run, Seven Points, Aitch Boat, James Creek, Tatman Run, Shy Beaver and Weaver Falls.

The launches will re-open once water levels recede and Army Corps staff determines watercraft can be launched safely. Once the launches reopen, there will be significant debris associated with high water events is expected both on the lake surface and submerged water, the Corps said.

Camping is still available this weekend in the Ridge and Meadow campgrounds, but Point, Senoia, and Valley campgrounds are closed due to high water levels.

A wide variety of recreation opportunities remain available for those wishing to enjoy outdoor activities over the weekend. Open facilities include the use of select picnic shelters and picnic areas, biking the Allegrippis Trails and Mountain Bike Skills Park, and hiking on the Terrace Mountain, Old Loggers, and Hillside Nature Trails. Changes in recreation status are dependent on weather conditions and can change at the discretion of Corps staff at any time.

Raystown Lake is at 35 percent capacity and its reservoir is at 10 ft. above normal pool and falling slowly as of Thursday afternoon.

The Corps said its staff will continue to operate according to its procedures to restore the normal lake elevation as quickly as possible, while not exceeding downstream channel capacity.

Joe Napsha is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Joe at 724-836-5252 or jnapsha@tribweb.com.

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