Although it’s been reported that Olalla Lake is permanently shut down, it is not permanently shut down. Georgia Pacific, which owns the lake, says it will re-open when the rainy season begins to re-fill the lake.
The problem at Olalla is that GP uses a lot of water from the lake for their wood products factory in Toledo. And because there hasn’t been much rain this summer, GP has drawn the lake down pretty far – creating steep shorelines which makes entering the lake, either for swimming or fishing, potentially dangerous – especially for seniors.
GP officials say when the rains return and pushes lake levels back up, they’ll re-open the lake to public recreation. It might come in January, February or March. We’ll just have to see how much rain we get between now and then. When the decision to re-open the lake is made by GP, all local news media will get the word out.