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Lynx Lake north shore to close till August for construction

Les Stukenberg/The Daily Courier

Les Stukenberg/The Daily Courier

Prescott National Forest officials are closing a portion of their most popular recreational site during its most popular season.

They are closing the north shore of Lynx Lake near Prescott this Thursday through Aug. 1 for construction activities. Access to the private Lynx Lake Store will not be affected, and Trail #311 will stay open.

District Ranger Laura West apologized for the closure, but said forest officials need to finish two major recreational construction projects by the end of the fiscal year Sept. 30, and they don't have enough staff to manage both contracts at once.

So they plan to finish the Lynx Lake project and then start on another project in the fall that could force the closure of the White Spar campground just south of Prescott for a couple months, West said.

"We picked the one (to do in the summer) that we thought would have fewer impacts on fewer people," West said.

Forest officials originally hoped to do the Lynx Lake project in the spring and finish by July 1, West said.

"Delays in designing, advertising and awarding a contract took longer than expected," she said.

The Lynx Lake improvements will include replacement of the flush toilet building, reconstruction of the host site and rebuilding of the trail leading down to Lynx Lake.

No one will be able to park in the north shore parking lot during the construction work. Parking along the entrance road will be prohibited, too.

So parking for lake activities will be limited to the south shore.

West hopes that the work might get done before Aug. 1 so the area can reopen earlier.

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