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Leaser Lake upgrades underway, fish stocking beings this Spring

By Stephen Althouse, WFMZ.com Reporter, news@wfmz.com
Published On: Jan 24 2013 09:11:28 PM CST
LYNN TWP., Pa. -

It won’t be long before Leaser Lake will be home to some new tall fishing tales.

The Leaser Lake Heritage Foundation’s meeting Thursday night at the Lynn Township Municipal Building updated the two dozen people who braved the chilly temperatures to hear an update on the lake’s refurbishing and to partake in a public forum about amenities at a planned accessible recreation area.

Here are the specifics. Trout will be stocked beginning March 26th and fishing is expected to be ready by late spring or early summer, according to a meeting led by LLHF Chairman George White.

Currently the lake is being filled with about three-to-four feet of water per week. Although White said it would be difficult to pinpoint an exact time the lake is completely filled, he estimated that by November it would reach full water elevation.

“That is a guess,” he noted, in part because of the fickle ways of Mother Nature.

As for trails, White said that the four-mile loop trail around the perimeter of the lake has some “real rough parts” but is coming along.

But most of the evening focused on the public forum, led by Ann Yost, of YSM, a landscape architectural firm based in York, Pa. The topic was garnering input on a master plan for a handicap accessible recreation in the western lot of the park.

A list of topics included the following:

-       Development of a multi-use trail

-       Skiing

-       Equestrian Parking

-       Tread for horses

-       An amphitheater

-       Grills and picnic tables

-       A concern regarding surrounding land use and potential development

While these ideas and others abounded and were encouraged, Yost noted a few facts. Primary among them that the lake is still fundamentally considered a resources-based park that primarily focuses on two outdoor activities – fishing and boating.

Yost added that a development of a cohesive plan would better facilitate the procurement of grants and cash from prospective agencies, trusts, non-profits and individuals.

The entire process is expected to be concluded in about three months, Yost said.

Leaser Lake is a 117-acre body of water surrounded by 530 acres of park. The LLHF is a 501 c 3 non-profit organization.