A new high-end campground and fishing area is close to being finished, with volunteers making a major push this week on some final work.
The Community Effort Campground and Pavilion at Beaver Creek Reservoir south of Havre already has been rented out a few times, but more work is being done on the upper level, with a huge group of volunteers at the site Wednesday and more work being done today and at least through Friday.
“Thousands of hours of manpower have gone into that, ” Karen Golden, one of the volunteers, said this morning.
The work has been spearheaded by the Railroad Pagers and the Fresno Chapter of Walleyes Unlimited, with major donations made by individuals and businesses over the last three years.
Golden said that still is happening — Marden’s Trailer Sales has again donated a travel trailer, valued at $20,563, for which the groups are selling raffle tickets to help pay the cost of constructing the campsite.
Golden said initial work started two years ago, with the pavilion completed last year and most of the lower tier of the site finished by this spring. Beaver Creek Park rented out the area a few times this year, although work still needed to be completed, she said.
Restrooms were completed last fall, and sidewalks and handicap-accessible sidewalks to the restrooms have been completed. The work this week focuses on the upper tier, including putting up guardrails and completing a parking area and playground.
“There were tons of people out there yesterday, ” Golden said.
She added that the groups also hope to complete installing a fishing pier on the lower level by later this fall.
Golden said people interested in buying tickets for the trailer raffle — $20 each or six for $100 — can call her at 265-6963 or Daryl Shay at 265-8868.