Campground Opens After Flood Damage Repaired

After extensive cleanup and restoration due to a flood last winter, the lakeside campground at Clear Lake State Park in Lake County, Calif., has reopened.

According to The Press Democrat, the Kelsey Creek Campground, the largest of four in the park on the lake’s southern shore, began to welcome campers Aug. 4, hosting several dozen people over the weekend, park Superintendent William Salata said.

It will be operating on a first-come, first-served basis until the park reservation system is equipped to handle booking for the sites again, Salata said.

The wooded campground, between Clear Lake and Kelsey Slough, has 65 sites.

The campground was among the casualties of heavy winter rainfall that raised Clear Lake a foot and a half over flood stage Feb. 9, inundating the low-lying campground for a month because of the slow rate at which floodwaters receded.

The park typically averages 150,000 to 200,000 visitors between Memorial Day and Labor Day, both day-use and overnight, but it also keeps Kelsey Creek Campground open year-round.

During closure last spring, campsites elsewhere in the park were opened to accommodate off-season visitors. But cancellations upset some campers, and the park lost revenue.

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