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Holman Lake at Little Buffalo State Park to be drawn down for maintenance

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Holman Lake at Little Buffalo State Park in Perry County will be drawn down beginning Monday, Sept. 11, to facilitate lake-bed work, dam repairs and installation of a new ADA-accessible fishing pier, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

The lake will be drawn down as much as 10 feet below the normal pool and will last through spring 2018, the department said in a news release Thursday.

The primary project requiring the drawdown is the repair of the toe drain on the downstream side of the dam, which removes water from the base of the dam and ensures its integrity, the department said.

The second project will deepen the lake from 3 to 7 feet, which will allow for better access for recreational boating and fishing.

The department said fishing and boating will still be permitted during the drawdown depending on the phase of the project, but boating access will be limited and boat launches may be unavailable.

Areas of the upper lake, including the Upper Boat Launch, Swimming Pool Road Bridge and Little Buffalo Creek Trail, will be closed periodically due to dredging work, the department said.

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