Update: The State Parks crew had a change in schedule and was able to take down the trees this past week. Chipping and cleanup will continue next week. Visitors still are asked to take care if they’re moving past the crew at work.
Chelan PUD and State Parks are working together to remove the poplar trees lining the Lincoln Rock State Park entrance road starting April 29. Roots from the trees are damaging the roadway and parking lots and creating a safety hazard.
Removing the 100-plus trees will take about two weeks. The State Parks Arbor Crew will work Monday-Friday to reduce congestion on the weekends when the park is busier with campers, picnickers and boaters.
Visitors to the park on weekdays through May 10 may find closures of the entrance road to the boat launch as individual trees are removed. The closures are to keep drivers and crewmembers safe.
Alternate parking to reach picnic areas and the swim beach is available by turning left towards the camping area and parking in the first parking lot on the right.
PUD Parks Manager Ryan Baker said new trees, suited for the location, will be planted further up the slope where roots will not be able to damage the asphalt.
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Lincoln Rock State Park was built and is owned by Chelan PUD and is operated by State Parks.
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