Expansion & Improvements

Over the years, the park expanded and underwent various improvement projects.  Sizable expansions occurred in 1960 and 1975. Notably, in 1995, Betsy Knapp bequethed a 17-acre slice of land to the state park. Although small, this parcel contained Indian Oven Hill, an unusual dolomite mound full of creavices that Native Americans once used for baking. In 1995-1996, the state purchased 400 additional acres of land to serve as a buffer between the park and land development, at a cost of $783,000.  Plans to add thousands of additional "buffer" acres have existed continuously over the years, but have stagnated. Now, the state park stands at over 2,100 acres.

Improvement projects have occured over the years in order to keep the park's facilities, entrances, golf course, trails and swimming areas up-to-date.  Below, evidence can be seen of these improvements.

The main beach area ca. 1929

The main beach area ca. 2009

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