Little Buffalo State Park reopens after repair, renovations

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“We were out in mid-March and noticed they were dredging the lake. Of course, the water level was way down,” said Ed Bridge of Shermans Dale. 

Now it’s up, thanks to Mother Nature. For Ed and Kathy Bridge, it makes their walks even more beautiful. 

The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources needed to replace a drain in the dam, which meant lowering the water level at the lake that Little Buffalo Creek fills. 

“We came out today. It’s so wonderful. It looks great,” said the Bridges.

Before the heavy rains last week, the water level looked bleak.

“The rain really helped us out,” park manager Jason Baker said. “Even though a lot of places ended up with a lot of damage and a lot of flooding, we didn’t have any flooding and it got the lake filled back up a lot faster than we thought it would.”

In addition to the dam repairs, the park built a new pier. 

“This is an ADA fishing pier anyone can use it, but if someone who needs it comes along, you’re supposed to let them use it,” Baker said. 

Crews also made landings along the park’s main road for people to safely fish. 

“Because people used to crawl over the guardrail and walk the rocky slope, we put in some rock stairs and made openings in the guardrail and put a platform where you can put in a couple of chairs,” Baker said.

Another big improvement required some scooping. 

“We dredged the end. The upper end of the lake was two to three feet deep at the most. Now, it’s six or seven,” Baker said. 

Making it easier for boaters and anglers to enjoy this Perry County gem. 

For more information on the park and the project, click here.

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