Minsi Lake reopens following extensive dam repair project

For the first time in three years, fishermen and boaters are able to enjoy the waterways of Upper Mount Bethel’s Minsi Lake.

State and local officials Monday marked the reopening of the lake following the conclusion of an extensive dam repair project that lasted almost three years.

Minsi Lake was drained to the bottom in 2017 after its 50-year-old dam was deemed structurally deficient by the state Department of Environmental Protection. The massive effort began with the capturing of more than 5,000 pounds of fish with huge nets, which were transported to other area waterways.

The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission was in charge of the dam repair. Plans were also drawn up to improve the 194 acres of parkland surrounding the lake, including ways to make it more accessible for those with disabilities and add or update existing infrastructure, including a kayak launch, pier, picnic areas, hiking trails, restrooms, and more.

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