Entrance road to Corps’ Eastman Lake opens July 1

Published June 30, 2011

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Road access to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District’s Eastman Lake park headquarters and campgrounds in the Codorniz and Wildcat recreation areas is expected to reopen July 1.

Emergency repairs of a rockslide on County Road 29 that temporarily closed the park, located about 20 miles east of Chowchilla, are complete, allowing Eastman to honor all campsite reservations this coming weekend.

“Every single campsite is booked for this weekend,” said Eastman park manager Jerry Magnuson. “I don’t remember the last time we were fully booked.”

Although all roads to and throughout the park are open, there is still work to be done. Final paving operations are scheduled to begin July 6, to repair road damage that occurred during construction.

“Our intent was to have the slope stabilization completed safely, in time for all of the campers this weekend,” said district civil engineer and project manager Zeffy Ruvalcaba. “We’re very happy the slope is safe again for Fourth of July visitors, and really for everyone to enjoy all year ‘round.”

For more information about Eastman Lake repairs, or campground and campsite upgrades, visitors are encouraged to contact the park headquarters office at: 559-689-3255, or e-mail Eastman Lake at eastman-info@usace.army.mil

The Sacramento District manages 10 parks and lakes in California. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is America’s largest provider of outdoor recreation opportunities on federal public lands, serving more than 370 million visitors annually at 422 lake and river recreation parks in 43 states.

Visit Eastman Lake on the web at http://www.spk.usace.army.mil/organizations/cespk-co/lakes/eastman.html

DeDe Cordell

Release no. 11-014