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Advisories for Delaware State Forest

Delaware Closures Due to COVID-19

Please see the DCNR alert details regarding state forest closures due to COVID-19 (coronavirus).

Pecks Pond Update

6/5/2020: Refilling of the Pecks Pond reservoir is underway.  Per regulations, downstream flow must be maintained during this process. By closing one gate, outlet flow has been restricted to a smaller opening which should allow the pond level to rise.

Once water begins to pass over the spillway, the second gate will be closed and that will end the refilling process. The pond level will fluctuate based on weather and precipitation.

The number of days until water passes over the spillway is unknown due to fluctuations in local precipitation.

Later this summer, after the pond is refilled, the bureau will begin herbicide treatment in the weed management area. The date of treatment is unknown but will be announced prior.

Please note: the entire dam area is still closed to the public until further notice. Once water is passing over the spillway, the second gate is closed, and a short period of monitoring the new dam structure for seepage or other problems, the entire area will be opened, pending no issues.

Background: DCNR’s Bureau of Forestry has been working to improve recreational opportunities at Pecks Pond while sustaining the ecological integrity of the lake ecosystem.

The initial job conference was conducted by the Pennsylvania Department of General Services on Sunday, April 14, 2019. A contractor began work in April of 2019 with estimated completion in April of 2020.

The public will be excluded from the fenced construction area until after restoration. The access road and foot bridge will be an active construction site within the secured area.

If you have any questions or concerns, please call  570-895-4010.

Map of Pecks Pond Weed Management Area (PDF)

Don’t Move Firewood

To help protect the forest from invasive insects that can kill trees and devastate the ecosystem, please do not transport firewood over long distances. Firewood can harbor insects such as emerald ash borer. Cut or purchase your firewood where you intend to burn it.