The Blue Lake Expansion project conducted by the City and Borough of Sitka will increase the height of the Blue Lake dam. This construction began in November 2012. For reasons of safety, several recreation spots are now unavailable to the public because they lie within the construction and safety zone of the project. Blue Lake Road and Sawmill Creek Campground will be closed to public vehicles, bicycles and foot traffic. Also included and closed is the Beaver Lake Trail between the campground and Beaver Lake. Foot traffic is allowed on Blue Lake Road only to access the Thimbleberry – Heart Lake Trail from the Blue Lake Road end. Signing will be in place to remind users of these closures which will be in place until sometime in 2015. For updates during this time, stay tuned to the local media.