Forest Service reviewing Incline Lake restoration

Nov 16, 2014 2:55 PM by News Staff

RENO, Nev. (AP) - The Forest Service will review plans to return a former private lake overlooking Lake Tahoe to a natural meadow with wetlands over the objections of Nevada wildlife officials who say it could be a premier trout fishery.

Agency officials plan an "objection resolution conference" Nov. 24 to discuss the state's desire to repair a dam and refill Incline Lake along the Mount Rose Highway west of Reno.

Once a private enclave for Nevada's rich and famous, the Forest Service drained the lake five years ago for fear the aging dam could fail in an earthquake.

The agency approved the restoration plan in September, and the state formally objected last month.

State wildlife biologist Mark Freese told the Reno Gazette-Journal it's their last chance to bring the lake back.

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