March 22, 2008

Lake Laura Dam to be Upgraded

The Lake Laura dam needs be upgraded to meet current Virginia standards, which are more stringent than they used to be.

Here's a couple of pictures of the dam that I took today. The first one shows the dam in the distance, and an old stone wall is in the foreground. I walked to the far right and up a hill to take the picture below, which shows the dam and its spillway, which flows into Stoney Creek.

damThe dam is owned by the Lord Fairfax Soil and Water Conservation District. Bryce Resort uses the water of Lake Laura for snow-making in the winter and operates swimming and boating facilities on it in the summer. On the other side of the lake is a basic boat ramp managed by the state. That area can be reached from Orkney Springs using Happy Valley Road - see the Shrinemont map.

See also my previous posts for pictures of the swimming area and the boat ramp area.

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