William Kent Campground closed for construction this summer

Release Date: Apr 14, 2014  

Contact(s): Public Affairs, Lisa Herron (530) 543-2815

Project will protect water quality and provide universal accessibility

[Image]: United States Forest Service Shield.South Lake Tahoe, Calif.  –The U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit will begin work this spring to install best management practices (BMPs) and upgrades to the William Kent Campground on the West Shore of Lake Tahoe.  The campground will be closed for construction during the 2014 operating season, which runs approximately May through October, and the William Kent beach/day use site will be closed for portions of the operating season. 

Project work in the campground includes the installation of BMPs to reduce storm water runoff volume, reduce peak flow levels, and reduce the amount of sediment reaching Lake Tahoe.  Upgrades to the campground include reconfiguring the campground entrance road, relocation of the check-in kiosk, and moving camp spurs away from the stream environment zone (SEZ).  All relocated campsites will meet universal accessibility standards.  The SEZ will be restored and upgrades provided to some utilities within the campground.

At the beach/day use area, the storm water drain will be redesigned to reduce the volume and rate of storm water flowing into Lake Tahoe.  The existing storm water drain pipe will be cut and a new stream channel constructed in its place.

Work on the campground is expected to be finished in 2014 and work on the beach/day use area may extend into 2015, depending on weather and water levels.  Work in either location generally will not occur on weekends. 

For questions regarding the project, contact Project Engineer, Katie Kuchenbecker, at 530-543-2620.

Other Forest Service camping options on the West Shore include Meeks Bay Campground and Meeks Bay Resort, and nearby Silver Creek, Goose Meadows, and Granite Flat campgrounds along the Highway 89 Truckee River corridor.  For more information about these alternate campgrounds and to make reservations, visit www.recreation.gov.

Wilderness permits will be available at the Meeks Bay Campground/day use kiosk.  For more information about wilderness permits or alternate campgrounds, contact the Forest Supervisor’s office at 530-543-2694, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.