Future of Elk County campground remains uncertain because of sewage system
WILCOX – The sewage system at an Elk County campground has been shut off, even though the facility remains open.
Officials said it’s a sign the future of Twin Lakes Recreational Area isn’t bright.
“People got to realize if they don’t say something they’re going to lose it,” said Jason Pratt, the campground manager of Twin Lakes.
Pratt said there was a sign placed on the RV dumping station Friday. It was the same day his weekend campers were arriving.
“People aren’t going to come camping with RVs if they have nowhere to dump their sewage anymore and it makes it almost impossible for Allegheny Site Management to effectively run the campground.”
Pratt said the dump station either needs a new Department of Environmental Protection permit or fixed.
He said over the past 10 years, the Allegheny National Forest, which owns Twin Lakes, has shut down various parts of the campground due to funding.
“If the forestry services isn’t going to keep up their end of it to keep the place nice for people, they aren’t going to pay money to come here and it’s a shame because this is just about the only campground left in Elk County,” he said.
Campers at Twin Lakes can dump their sewage at Red Bridge Campground in Kane.
But Pratt said that’s nearly 30 miles away.
He said the sewage system is just another item hindering the future of Twin Lakes.
“It doesn’t look good to me, It’s very dark,” he said.
A statement from the Forest Service said:
“The future of Twin Lakes will be determined once the Forest Service assesses all options regarding the sewage system. The Allegheny National Forest will seek input from the public on any proposal before considering environmental, social and economic effects of any potential action.”