scheduled closure of the VeteransLake area of Chickasaw
National Recreation Area’s Platt Historic District has been postponed until
July 7th. The closure of the area, originally planned for the beginning of
June, will allow for two major construction projects to occur. The expected
duration of the closure is up to nine months. Design modifications to both
projects have led to the decision to delay.
conjunction with the Bureau of Reclamation, the first project will be a
rehabilitation of the VeteransLakeDam,
intended to bring the dam into compliance with modern safety standards. The
second project is the construction of the north shore portion of the Veterans
Lake Trail, including a new west trailhead parking area. The NorthShore
trail will be approximately 1 mile long and be placed between the North Shore Road
and the shoreline, with a connecting trail to Rock Creek Campground. The road
across the dam and the parking lot at the south end of the dam will be removed
and a trail and new parking lot at the north end of the dam will be built as a
replacement. The NorthShore
trail construction will be funded with American Recovery & Reinvestment Act
(ie., economic stimulus) monies.
construction period access to the VeteransLake area and the Southwest Perimeter Road
will be closed from U.S. Highway 177 to Rock Creek Campground. No access will
be available to the Bromide Hill parking area, the north trailhead of the Rock
Creek Multi-use trail, the Veterans Lake Trail and the Veterans Lake Pavilion
during this time.
Superintendent Bruce Noble said, “This delay will allow park visitors
additional access to VeteransLake and its facilities
through the July 4th holiday. When completed, these projects will create a
safer and more enjoyable area within the park for visitors to use for many
years to come.”
Did You Know?
In 1904 Forest Townsley was appointed the first park ranger in Platt National Park [the Platt Historic District in today's Chickasaw National Recreation Area]. Townsley's son John later served as Superintendent of Yellowstone National Park from 1975 to 1982.