Camp Richardson improvements prompt early seasonal closure for some campsites

Campsites on the north side of Camp Richardson Resort at South Lake Tahoe have been closed for the rest of the summer season for the first phase of a major retrofit.

The U.S. Forest Service’s Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit began Tuesday to remove 250 trees in the popular historic campground to improve accessibility and protect water quality.

“The trees are being removed to make room for new paved roads throughout the campground and to install best management practices, such as infiltration basins to filter storm water runoff before it reaches Lake Tahoe,” said Lisa Herron, public affairs specialist with the management unit.

The south side of the campground, on the opposite side of Highway 89, will remain open and may still be reserved for camping until September, when it also will be closed for retrofit work.

Tree-cutting on the north side is expected to continue for two weeks. The first phase will also relocate campsites and roads away from sensitive stream areas, pave roadways and campsite spurs and manage on-site storm water runoff.

In addition, a portion of the Pope-Baldwin Bike Path will be moved from the highway shoulder to improve safety. Workers will create a new campground entrance.

The project’s first phase should be finished by October.

The second phase, on the south side of Highway 89, starts in September and should be completed in mid-2016.

Herron said the work also will include tree removal, road construction and practices leading to water quality protection and accessibility.

The campground, operated under a special use permit with the Forest Service, has 200 sites for tents and 100 for recreational vehicles.

For more project information, visit the web at www.fs.usda.gov/goto/ltbmu/CampRichRetrofit.