USFS declines on Incline

The U.S. Forest Service will let the site of an artificial lake go back to its natural state, rejecting a state plan for re-creating Incline Lake.

The private lake was created by a dam built in 1942, and additional facilities like a clubhouse, lodge and an indoor swimming pool also once existed at the site. The Forest Service acquired the 700-plus acre property in 2008 for $43.5 million and drained the lake because of the seismically unsafe dam. The state wanted the lake re-established for recreation and for a fishery.