Beginning Monday, Pinecrest Beach at the Pinecrest Day Use Area is getting an upgrade that will enhance the beach and lake bed, creating a smoother surface by bringing in alluvial sands from the Stanislaus River and removing rocks, boulders and tree stumps, the U.S. Forest Service announced.
The improvements to the highly visited recreation area in the Summit Ranger District of Stanislaus National Forest are scheduled to be completed Oct. 31. Large trucks and heavy equipment will be operating in the area, necessitating temporary closures of portions of the day use area.
“The beach areas will not appear to be significantly altered, since native material is being placed,” said Tim Hughes, a facility engineer with the national forest, in a news release. “The biggest difference to the public will be in the recreation experience.”
The Pinecrest Beach improvement project is funded by Pacific Gas and Electric Co. as part of the requirements of its Federal Energy Regulatory Commission license. The work will be performed by a local contractor, Mountain Methods of Tuolumne.