Lake Glendale Rec Area Wins Grant for Long-Needed Maintenance and Upgrades
The Glendale Lake Recreation Area in Pope County has been selected for funding through the Great American Outdoors Act, allowing Shawnee National Forest to carry out several rehabilitation projects there that have been delayed. Repairs and maintenance will take place over four years.
“In addition to meeting much of the deterred maintenance needs of the Glendale Lake Recreation Area, the selected projects will enhance the visitor experience and provide increased safety and accessibility for people with disabilities,” said Chad Deaton , head of the Shawnee National Forest recreation program.
As of fall 2021, the following projects are planned for more than four years:
• Construction of power lines to serve picnic areas and campgrounds on Glendale Lake.
• Construction of new washrooms at the Duck Bay and Goose Bay picnic areas.
• Restoration of historic picnic shelters at Duck Bay and Goose Bay.
• New restrooms at the Pine Point picnic area.
• Construction of new shower stalls at Oak Point Campground.
• Construction of a new beach house.
• Lake dredging
• Paving of all roads in the recreation area.
• Replacement of camping equipment (tables, fireplaces, camp mats).
Approaching deferred maintenance, Shawnee National Forest staff believe more people will come to Lake Glendale, further strengthening the site’s concessionary activity and fostering the growth of other outdoor recreation activities in the area, such as equipment rental and guiding services.
The project will also bring economic benefits to local communities through the influx of funds used to hire contractors and purchase materials and the creation of construction jobs.
The Shawnee National Forest projects are part of the $ 285 million investment made possible by the new National Parks and Public Lands Restoration Fund, created in 2020 by the Great American Outdoors Act. These funds will enable the USDA Forest Service to implement more than 500 infrastructure improvement projects essential for the continued use and enjoyment of national forests and grasslands.
These funds are essential to help reduce the Forest Service’s $ 5.2 billion deferred maintenance backlog and are an important step in restoring what our visitors love about the region’s National Forests. East.
For more details on these projects, contact Forest Recreation Program Manager Chad Deaton at (618) 926-6154 or [email protected]