Blue Marsh Lake access area receiving shore restoration, paddle launch area

The US Army Corps of Engineers, Blue Marsh Lake, PA Fish and Boat Commission, Berks County Conservation District have teamed up to restore sections of shoreline near the parking lot at Blue Marsh Lake Old Church Road, building PA style stone deflectors and developing an improved paddle launching area.

The project will restore and protect 441 feet of degraded shoreline through the installation of eight stone deflectors.

According to the US Army Corps of Engineers, the stone deflectors will repair and stabilize the degrading shoreline and continue to protect the shoreline by reducing erosion and sediment from entering the lake and providing a base for the growth of beneficial vegetation.

Additionally, the stone deflectors will enhance areas of shoreline habitat where young fish can hide, as well as macroinvertebrates and small fish species that provide important food resources for young fish and larger fish species. large.

The project will also develop an improved launch / mooring area for non-motorized vessels that will provide a sustainably leveled transition from shore to water for an enhanced recreational experience.

Funding for this project was provided by:
US Army Corps of Engineers, Blue Marsh Lake, Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, CHIP Funding Program, Berks County Conservation District, PALMS 2021 mini-grant recipient
berkscd.com, PA Lake Management Society, PALMS 2021 mini-grant provider palakes.org.

The Old Church Road access area will be closed to the public from Tuesday, January 18, 2022 to Friday, January 28, 2022.

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