PALO, Iowa – The lake restoration project at the Pleasant Creek Recreation Area scheduled to begin this winter has been postponed to April 2016 due to an unforeseen problem with the main gate valve in the dam requiring it to be replaced before the project can begin.
The lake will be allowed to refill through snow melt and rain and there are plans to extend some boat ramps to allow for boat access next year. All other recreation in the park should not be affected.
The lake restoration project includes stabilizing five miles of eroded shoreline with rock riprap, digging out silted-in bays, deepening shallow shoreline areas, installing four new fishing jetties to improve shoreline access and replacing two boat ramps.
Extensive fish habitat improvements include installing underwater rock reefs, adding brush piles and providing fish spawning areas.
The project should be completed in February 2017.