Chapman State Park Dam Work Update

Chapman State Park Dam Work Update


Dam Work Shifts Gears at Chapman State Park

CLARENDON, PA – KC Construction hopes to shift their focus to the spillway steps and adjacent concrete structures as soon as underground drilling/grouting of the joint between the earthen dam and the Western hillside concludes. Reinforcement of the earthen dam with rollercompacted concrete in conjunction with sediment removal in the lakebed will follow. “Please be alert for construction vehicles and equipment when entering the park,” urges Chapman State Park Manager, Tyson Martin.

Throughout various construction activities, the water level in the lakebed fluctuates from normal pool to only a stream channel without warning, depending on construction needs and precipitation. “The lakebed (with or without water) will remain closed until the project is complete. Hiking trails, most pavilions and restrooms, as well as the picnic area remain open from 8 AM to sunset daily,” reminds Martin.

Historic aerial photograph of Chapman Lake during drawdown, circa 1970.

Contract documents specify an aggressive project completion of late November 2018. To date, the construction is on schedule, although weather has played a significant role and will continue to be a challenge throughout the project.

“We have created a temporary parking area across the road from the first parking lot, near the spillway. Visitors wishing to observe construction activities, hike nearby Penny Run Trail or the old railroad grade, are asked to park in this location; clear of construction activities, gates, and other resources,” Martin said.

The campground, including Camping Cottages and Yurts, opens on April 2, 2018. Reservations can be made by calling 1-888-PA-PARKS (888-727-2757) or

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For more details on Chapman and Pennsylvania’s other 120 state parks, visit (Select “Find a Park”).

MEDIA CONTACT: Chapman State Park Manager Tyson Martin: 814-723-025

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