After a summer of being opened to the public and inviting visitors to enjoy the recreation, Grenada Lake has started their winter closings for the rest of the season.
Supervisor Natural Resource Manager Liz Garlington said Friday that the Main Beach, the Old Fort Day Use Area, Tall Pine Use Area and the Blue Hole Recreation Area closed last week as they prepare for the winter season.
The Blue Hole Recreation Area is a small lake area located below the dam near the Hugh White State Park Campground.
“We closed the Main Beach Friday,” Garlington said. “It was the only beach that we had open this year. We managed to open it during the recreation season and we had a pretty good year out there.”
Garlington said the lake remains a bit higher than they anticipated this time of the year, especially following last week’s downpour.
The lake is significantly higher than to the conservation pool level of 193 feet which is scheduled to be reached by January of each year. Currently the lake is at 218.62 feet.
“We got quite a bit of rain last week, so the lake is a little higher right now,” Garlington said.
Higher than expected water, along with COVID–19 provisions, resulted in the closure of two of the lake’s three beaches. Beaches at Oak Grove and Willow Run were closed for the entire summer as a result.