Now that Lake Minsi is drained, work to begin on repairing dam, sprucing up parkland

Last summer, Upper Mount Bethel Township’s Minsi Lake was drained to the bottom in a massive effort that involved capturing more than 5,000 pounds of fish with huge nets and transporting them on trucks to other area waterways.

It was all for a good reason.

The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission is undertaking a two-year repair of the dam that’s kept the 117-acre lake in existence for nearly 50 years.

Now, sights are set on how to improve the 194 acres of parkland surrounding the lake, including ways to make it more accessible for those with disabilities. There are also plans to create lake-bed habitats that are beneficial to the fish and will provide “hot spots” for fishermen.

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