Loon Lake Recreation Area Opening Scheduled for July | Local News

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Progress continues to repair damaged infrastructure in the Loon Lake Recreation Area, but construction has not been completed to allow the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to open the site for Memorial Day weekend.

The BLM still plans to open the campground and day-use area this summer, with a goal of early July 2022. The new water treatment system that provides potable water to the campground , day-use area and staff accommodation is installed. The BLM also installed new restrooms in the day use area. Other maintenance work to prepare the campgrounds and day-use area for visitors is nearing completion.

The entire water system should always be pressurized and any leaks repaired. The system has not been operational since 2019. Once operational, the system must be disinfected and the water must pass the final quality tests. The area around the new toilets also needs to be leveled and paved to be fully accessible.

Unforeseen delays are possible, but the BLM is committed to opening the site as soon as possible. The BLM will notify visitors in advance of the opening of the recreation site, including offering them the opportunity to make overnight camping reservations.

“We are excited about the progress and are close to the finish line,” said Coos Bay District Manager Steve Lydick. “We appreciate everyone’s patience as we complete final repairs to ensure the site is fully operational and safe before welcoming people back.”

The BLM Recreation Area has been closed since 2019. The area remains closed as it is an active construction site. Several contractors will be working throughout the recreation area over the next few weeks.

Heavy snowfall in late February 2019 toppled trees around the site, destroying the drinking water treatment system, toilets in the day-use area and the maintenance workshop. The electrical components of the sewage treatment system were also damaged.

The BLM manages approximately 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of underground mining properties across the country. The agency’s mission is to maintain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.

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