EAGLE — Locals and visitors who plan a camping trip to Sylvan Lake every summer will have to take a hiatus this year. The roughly 70-year-old dam at the popular recreation location will be replaced this summer. The lake has been significantly drained, and heavy equipment is already mobilized at the site. The cabins and campsites at the lake, as well as the trail around the lake itself, will be closed all summer. “The dam at the lake dates back to the 1940s, and it is all earthen. It doesn’t meet today’s dam standards,” said Sylvan Lake State Park Supervisor Michael Wall. While there wasn’t any imminent danger associated with the dam, Wall noted to prevent future failures, the park needed a new dam that meets current standards. The new concrete structure will be covered with topsoil and will look like the previous structure. Wall said the construction will bring a new amenity to the park. “We are going to have a really cool foot-traffic bridge to get to the dam. It’s going to be one of the most picturesque places at Sylvan Lake,” he said. “The backdrop at that bridge will be pretty awesome.” Read the full story at vaildaily.com.