Lake opening today

Published 3:00 am Wednesday, June 1, 2016

The public is invited to the grand re-opening of the Pike County Lake at 10 a.m. today.

The lake will open for fishing and recreation at 1 p.m.

The re-opening marks the completion of a major rehabilitation project conduct in partnership by the City of Troy and the State of Alabama, which owns the 427 acres of property, including the 45-acre lake.

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Pike County Lake closed in nearly five years ago, after the Alabama Fisheries Division discovered a problem with the dam. In 2012, Mayor Jason Reeves and State of Alabama Fisheries Supervisor Ken Weathers began working on the massive restoration project, which included the draining of the lake; repairs to the dam; restocking of the lake; and creation of a new concession building and conference center.

Dan Smith, director of Troy Parks and Recreation Department, has spearheaded the project for the city and said today’s grand re-opening will introduce an impressive lake and conference facility to the public.

“For over 60 years, Pike County Lake has been a landmark,” he said. “The anticipation of reopening of the lake has stirred many conversations and many memories …

“It is another big step forward for the City of Troy and the State of Alabama, and it is another example of the continued improvements to the quality of life in our community.”