Beardsley makeover scheduled

By Sean Janssen, The Union Democrat March 21, 2013 09:46 am

Construction of a new campground and other improvements beginning next month at Beardsley Reservoir will result in some closures and construction delays through May 2014 in the Summit Ranger District of the Stanislaus National Forest.

The Stanislaus National Forest and the Tri-Dam Project of the Oakdale and South San Joaquin irrigation districts are overseeing the work. Work is scheduled to avoid heavy impact to most forest visitors during the 2013 recreation season, according to Forest Service planners.

The work will consist of constructing accessible trails, a fishing platform and a wildlife viewing platform in the Day Use Area in the Beardsley Reservoir after-bay known as China Flat.

Beardsley Campground renovations, including reconfigured and defined campsites and spurs, access to potable water, and a trail to the lake are also on tap.

A rebuild and extension of the Beardsley boat launch by 250 feet will be completed. Replacement of courtesy docks with a new dock in the center of the ramp is also planned.

A handicapped-accessible parking spur in the Beardsley Day Use Area and better access from the Day Use Area to the ramp and parking lot are among the upgrades. Construction of new restrooms and picnic sites to meet accessibility standards and building of an interpretive platform and trail are also planned.

Construction of a new 19-space campground is slated adjacent to Beardsley Road off of Highway 108, with two of the spaces to be designated for small groups and spur lengths that accommodate trailers.

 The opening of contractor bids is scheduled for March 26, and the selection of a construction contractor is tentatively scheduled for April 4.

Scheduled closures and limited access periods for construction are:

• Beardsley Campground closed from April 1 to May 23.

• Beardsley boat ramp closed from April 15 to May 23 and Sept. 3 to Dec. 1.

• Beardsley Day Use Area closed from Sept. 16, 2013 through May 15, 2014.

• Beardsley after-bay at China Flat will have limited access to the river from April 1 to Oct. 1.

• Black Oak Flat Campground construction is scheduled from May 1 to Oct. 1.

 Forest visitors should expect heavy equipment and construction traffic on Beardsley Road during the specified periods. Interested parties can find additional information and monitor the projects progress at www.tridamproject.com.