This portion of the project, if all goes well, should be completed around October. At that time, Conservation staff will install fish structure in the new lake bed. When all of the work to complete the lake bottom, the valve, which releases water from the area, will be turned off.
Edwards hopes the lake will be refilled by the end of the year. Fish will be restocked in the lake as soon as the water allows this. The goal is to stock fish in the lake in spring/summer 2015. It will probably be at least two years before fishermen can expect to catch the larger fish they used to.
Funding for this project was made possible through a $150,000 grant from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources’ Fish Habitat Grant Program. By the time the project is complete, visitors to the park can expect to find much improved water quality in the lake.
Edwards said it is exciting to do this project and it will be exciting to see the project move forward.
Conservation is planning to erect a new, 26’x48’ metal shelter at the Marion County Park Playground. This will be utilized by campers, other users of the park and the annual country music festival held a the park. The new shelter replaces a wooden one removed last year.
Look for more on Conservation’s plans, as it prepares for another camping season, soon.