Buckeye area open again

After being closed for extensive renovations, the popular recreation area at Buckeye Reservoir will re-open this summer with 30 new single-family campsites and one group area.

Buckeye Reservoir Recreation Area, a popular camping and fishing site in the Manti-La Sal National Forest west of Paradox, is back in business.

Extensive renovation work at the reservoir over the past year included removing the old campground and several old roads and building a new campground, picnic area and boat ramp.

There now are 30 single-family sites, one group site and 17 less-developed sites.

The construction also included thinning some stands of Ponderosa pine to reduce wildfire danger.

The reservoir and the area around it were evacuated in May, 2012, when threatened by the Sunrise Mine fire, which missed the reservoir but burned more than 6,000 acres.

The new recreation complex includes a picnic area and boat ramp. Boats on the lake are restricted to five-horsepower engines and wakeless speeds.

“We are excited to get the new Buckeye Recreation Area officially opened to the public and think the new facility will provide an enhanced recreation experience for forest visitors.” said Brian Murdock, recreation manager for the Moab-Monticello District.

Camping reservations can be made at http://www.recreation.gov. The single-family sites cost $10 a night and the group site is $50 a night.

Campers are reminded to bring their own water as none is provided at the campground.

Murdock said keeping a clean camp is important as there is no trash pickup and bears frequent the Buckeye area.

The area is accessible at present and an official re-opening is planned for May 15.


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