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Lynx Lake Rec Area to receive upgrades for campgrounds

The Daily Courier/file<br>
The Lynx Lake Recreation Area off Walker Road in Prescott will receive upgrades to its host sites and a new group campground in the coming months as part of a Prescott National Forest project.

The Daily Courier/file<br> The Lynx Lake Recreation Area off Walker Road in Prescott will receive upgrades to its host sites and a new group campground in the coming months as part of a Prescott National Forest project.

Prescott National Forest officials will begin ushering in improvements to the Lynx Lake Recreation Area off Walker Road starting Friday and continuing through March of next year.

Improvements will include installing electric service to the host sites at Lynx Lake Campground, Hilltop Campground and the South Shore Day Use area.

Arizona Public Service (APS) will coordinate with the Forest Service to establish this service to the host sites.

In mid-November, work will begin on building a new overnight group campground south of the Lynx Lake Family Campground along the Lynx South Shore access road, known as Forest Road 623.

The new group campground will provide complexes for two separate groups. A larger site expects to accommodate as many as 75 campers, while a smaller site welcomes in as many as 25. This group campground will include two picnic shelters, toilets, electricity and water, and will meet requirements for persons with disabilities.

Except for occasional one-day closures while work is done on the South Shore access road, the parking area will remain open during construction.

Also planned during construction are temporary closures or rerouting of Trail 305 where it crosses the campground project area and on the paved portion of Trail 311 near the South Shore host site. Public notices will be provided in advance on these days.

Visitors can expect increased traffic and storage of equipment and materials in the South Shore parking area.

Forest Service officials say they apologize for any inconvenience this may cause to the recreating public, but they do appreciate their patience and understanding during construction on the recreation area.

For more information on camping, hiking or other recreation opportunities, call the Prescott National Forest at 443-8000 or log on to the Internet at www.fs.fed.us/r3/prescott.

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