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Lucas Park Entrance road update
Lake Wilson's Lucas Park
COURTESY PHOTO Pictured is the area at Lake Wilson’s Lucas Park that was damaged last spring. It will be closed for repairs next year.

LAKE WILSON — Due to damaged caused to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Park at Lake Wilson last spring, camping in Lucas Park will be limited next year, the Corps announces via Facebook this week.

In the post, the Corps noted that an earthen slide occurred in the spring of 2017 causing damage to the steep foundation under the existing roadway. 

As a result, the Corps have reduced entry traffic to 1-lane and detoured exiting traffic while they research funding and repair options. 

The Federal Highway Administration has awarded the Wilson Lake Project a grant to assist with funding repairs to the Lucas Park Entrance Road.

A survey of the area was recently completed and engineers are designing a repair strategy for construction, the Corps reports. 

Following the development of a repair plan, a contract will be advertised and then awarded. 

Due to the uncertainty of when the contract will be completed and when a construction crew will mobilize, the Corps has elected to block camping reservations for Lucas Park from May 15 through Sept. 15, 2019. Camping will still be allowed on a first-come first-serve basis until construction begins. 

But, once construction starts, all traffic to Lucas Park will be closed until the repairs are completed, the Corps noted. 

Further updates will be announced as they become available.

“We hope that all repairs are completed in a timely manner to minimize the impact on the recreation season,” according to the Corps statement.

For additional information or questions, contact the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Wilson Lake at 785-658-2551.