A massive reconstruction effort is currently underway at 25-Mile State Park in Chelan as crews work tirelessly to restore campsites following severe flooding caused by high water levels.
Last week, roadways in the area were rendered impassable due to the overflow. The situation unfolded on May 4 when a log jam obstructed a bridge near the state park, diverting water from a nearby culvert and causing it to spill over onto the roads. Prompt action by county crews successfully eliminated the log jam, allowing the water to return to its natural channel. To ensure public safety, access to South Lakeshore Road beyond Hale Road was restricted to local traffic only as construction teams labored to rebuild the damaged road over the ensuing weekend. However, by Monday, the culvert had been cleared, the road reconstructed, and it was once again open to the public.
Park Ranger Sharon Soelter announced the long-awaited reopening of the park on Friday, May 12, much to the delight of nature enthusiasts and campers alike. Despite the significant progress made, the work is not yet complete. Crews are currently focused on the restoration of 11 campsites located in the upper campground and aim to have them fully rebuilt in time for the upcoming weekend.