Sugar Lake road closure upsets residents

The Ministry of Forests has decommissioned the Sugar Lake Campsite Road and that has upset residents.  - hank cameron photo
The Ministry of Forests has decommissioned the Sugar Lake Campsite Road and that has upset residents.
— image credit: hank cameron photo

A popular route near Cherryville has been shut down and that’s getting a rough ride from residents.

The Ministry of Forests recently decommissioned a 200-metre section of the Sugar Lake Campsite Road.

“There’s a lot of people upset about it because that road has been there for decades,” said Eugene Foisy, Regional District of North Okanagan director.

“A lot of locals use that road, park and then go swimming.”

The road is also an alternate access if the upper road is affected by fire, washout or fallen trees.

“There is a real concern from the community about this,” said Foisy.

The campsite road was built in the 1920s and was the main route in the area until an upper-level road was constructed in the 1980s for most traffic.

“It’s the only nice road out here along the lake,” said resident Hugh Walker.

It’s anticipated that the issue will be raised with Eric Foster, Vernon-Monashee MLA.

“We’re trying to get to the bottom of this,” said Foisy.

The campsite road was initially closed because of it being damaged by high lake levels this year.

Recent work to decommission this stretch of road included digging a ditch and taking out a culvert.

The Ministry of Forests is defending its actions.

“The campsites and other recreational facilities served by this road are still accessible, although in some cases this would require driving a few more kilometres than has been the case in the past,” states  ministry spokesman Brennan Clarke said in an e-mail.

“Ministry staff assessed the situation and decided that closing this short section of the road was a more cost-effective solution than the alternative, which would require spending an estimated $225,000 to install a retaining wall and rebuild this part of the road.


We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.

You might like ...

Fraser hospitals screening for ebola, will isolate any victims in Surrey
Homicide in Aldergrove
Canada Day event is in the red
Langley woman hit in crosswalk still critical
Top cop says Langley marijuana dispensary bought from illegal grow ops
Transit contract avoids mid-referendum labour spat
Fight in Maple Ridge leaves one man dead, another in critical condition
White Rock allocates $20,000 for rail-move advice
Trial begins for accused killer of Ryan Saint Ange

Community Events, October 2014

Add an Event

Read the latest eEdition

Browse the print edition page by page, including stories and ads.

Oct 1 edition online now. Browse the archives.