The U.S. Forest Service yesterday announced that it has repaired the Balsam Lake dam and that the lake is being filled.
“We look forward to the stocking of fish in the spring, so visitors can again enjoy this majestic water” said Mike Wilkins, Nantahala District ranger, Nantahala National Forest.
In recent weeks, the Forest Service worked to fix a leak in the dam’s splash boards that control lake levels.
The design of the previous splash boards allowed too much water to pass around the end of the boards. A slight adjustment was made to the riser board installation, which controls lake levels. The adjustment will help maintain proper lake levels in the future.
Balsam Lake is located in the Nantahala Ranger District of the Nantahala National Forest.