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Whipple Dam State Park reopening

Huntingdon — The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources’ Bureau of State Parks has announced Whipple Dam State Park will be re-opening to the public on Friday.

The park had been closed since September 2019 for a large-scale rehabilitation project the included the following improvements: removal/dredging of approximately 40,000 cubic yards of accumulated sediment from the lake bed; re-paving of all paved surfaces in the park; addition of various fish habitat structures and turtle platforms; and addition of a wheelchair-accessible fishing pier and new ramp at the beach. Also, various structural improvements were made to the dam, originally constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1935.

Trout-stocking will resume under its normal schedule prior to the opening day of trout season and the lake will be under normal trout regulations for opening day 2021. State parks will be working with the Fish and Boat Commission to re-stock the lake with various warm-water species and these species will be under “catch and release” regulations until the populations have been re-established.

Potential winter visitors to Whipple Dam are advised Laurel Run Road is not maintained. Travelers should to follow signs and stay on the blacktop to enter via the exit road.

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