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June 21, 2011

Twin Knobs beach reopening this week

June 21, 2011 —     By noon Monday the level of Cave Run Lake had fallen to within a foot of the summer pool of 730 feet above sea level.

    The actual reading was 730.93 feet and the outflow rate of water being discharged downstream into the Licking River was 1,560 cubic feet per second.

    At that rate and despite Monday’s heavy rains, the summer pool is expected to be reached by Wednesday.

    Roger Corry, area manager for Recreation Resource Management, said Monday that the marker buoys for the Twin Knobs beach would be set Tuesday and swimmers would be welcome as early as Wednesday but no later than Thursday.

    Corry said reopening of the beach at the Zilpo Campground across the lake is about a week behind Twin Knobs.

    Public access to the two campgrounds with a total of 392 campsites, three group camping areas and both public beaches at Cave Run Lake has been delayed because of record water levels, reaching a high of 759.68 feet on May 12.

    Corry said his company had used more than 700 tons of white gravel to improve campsites at Twin Knobs, as well as replacing picnic tables at each site.

    “Despite the high water delays, we’re looking for a great season and visitors will find our facilities in outstanding condition,” he added.

    Corry’s company, another concessionaire and the U.S. Forest Service have been cleaning and repairing recreation facilities during the lake’s descent.

    Normally, the lake is at or near summer pool around Memorial Day.

    Corry said the high water had resulted in several cancellations but he is encouraged by the number of area residents who say they will be camping at Cave Run because of gasoline prices.

    “Earlier, we had many with reservations say they would be back when the beaches open and they have a place for their children to play,” Corry added. “Any parent understands that kids also need to enjoy their vacations.”


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