Opossum Lake in Cumberland Co. to reopen March 30 - abc27 WHTM

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Opossum Lake in Cumberland Co. to reopen March 30

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Opossum Lake in Lower Frankford Township, Cumberland County is getting ready to reopen for fishing season.

The Fish and Boat Commission started to drain the lake in 2008 when they found a leak in the dam.

The dam has been repaired, and the Fish and Boat Commission has been slowly refilling the lake for several months.

"The lake is up to speed and rehabilitated to today's dam safety standards, so people downstream of the lake are no longer at risk of dam failure," said Executive Director John Arway. "Anglers that live close to the lake have fished it for decades, and they're really glad to have their lake back."

The dam repair was made possible through private donations and grants.

"In partnership with local, county, and state government we were able to cobble together the funds 3.4 million dollars to rebuild the dam," said Arway.

Steve Fealtman is a board member of the Opossum Lake Conservancy, a non-profit group that helped raise funds and awareness about the lake's closure.

"When it was drained, it was like your dead grass. It really just looked pretty disgusting," said Fealtman. "Now it's coming back, and they are going to stock it with trout here soon and restore it back to what it was before they drained it."

Several grants also helped to pay for a new pavilion, rest rooms, docks, picnic tables and a walking trail.

"We're hopeful that it will outlast us, it'll be there for decades and decades for our children and grandchildren to fish," said Arway.

The Fish and Boat Commission will hold a ceremony on the opening day of trout season at the lake on March 30 at 8 a.m.

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