The CCC crews used trees cut from the area excavated for the lake in construction of the many buildings erected during creation of the State’s first state park. Can you imagine clearing and deepening this 360-acre area with only the rudimentary tools available to the CCC at the time? We’ll see some of the results of their efforts this morning.
I first meandered down to the southernmost end of the lake, near the spillway, with its artistically shaped bridge. Then on up the lake’s eastern shore toward the Park Office and picnic area.
There’s just so much to see while paddling this interesting lake. It’s big enough to require several trips, at least, to become acquainted. I’ll surely be back. Maybe by then I’ll have my tree nomenclature straightened out!
Oh, before going ashore I should mention the Lake’s nesting Osprey. They’ve been here for several years now. Lightning recently struck the tree in which they’d built their nest. But the birds themselves have been sighted since. Let’s hope they rebuild.
Stay tuned for an interview with Cheraw State Park Resource Manager, Corinna Hanson. Now, she knows what she’s talking about when it comes to the Park’s flora and fauna!