Lynx Lake south shore closed all week
The popular south shore of Lynx Lake just east of Prescott will be closed to vehicular access Monday through Friday.
Prescott National Forest officials are closing the access road for work on a new group campground near the lake.
People still will be able to drive to the parking area on the north shore and walk or boat to the south shore area.
The road closure leading to the south shore will allow a contractor to install water and electrical lines for the new campground.
Forest Service officials hope to complete the new campground by around May 1 when the other two campgrounds at Lynx Lake open for the season, said Ann May, Prescott National Forest landscape architect.
The Forest Service saw a need for a campground that accommodates large groups at Lynx Lake because large groups sometimes fill numerous individual campsites at the two existing campgrounds, said Bruce Fahrni, who oversees the forest's recreation program.
The new group campground also will fill in the need for such campgrounds after Forest Service officials decided to close the group campground at Granite Basin Lake just west of Prescott because of resource damage concerns, Fahrni said.
The decomposed granite soils under the road and campsites at Granite Basin were constantly eroding and washing into drainages that lead into the lake, Forest Service officials said. The Forest Service doesn't plan to replace that campground for 5-10 years.
The new Eagle Ridge campground at Lynx Lake will be located about 500 feet off Walker Road, May said.
It will have two sections, with one able to accommodate groups as large as 75 people and the other handling groups as large as 25.
The group campground will be handicapped-accessible and feature two picnic shelters, toilets, water, and electricity at the shelters (not for RVs).
Forest Service capital investment money and fee money collected from Lynx Lake users will pay for the new campground, Fahrni said.