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Bureau of Reclamation releases draft plan for possible sale of land near Camper's Cove

 Posted: 4:50 PM January 04, 2013

In a draft environmental assessment released today, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation outlined hopes to sell encroached-upon public land adjacent to Camper's Cove Resort on Hyatt Lake.

The preferred alternative in the document calls for selling 3.53 acres surrounding the 2-acre Camper's Cove Resort.

Although the land would then become private property, under that alternative its use would be restricted, prohibiting building structures, officials said.

The other two options include no action or restoring the area to a more natural state.

The public has until Feb. 7 to comment on the 15-page draft plan.

Hyatt Lake is about 14 miles east of Ashland.

At issue was the Bureau of Reclamation land which the agency said was encroached upon by the owners of the Camper's Cove Resort when they began developing their acreage after buying it in 2006, according to the draft document.

A survey verified that 19 of Camper's Cove 23 cabins and associated structures encroached upon the agency's land, it noted.

However, it observed the infringement was only a few feet upon public land and closely followed the existing land boundary.

The structures were removed last year. Nearby Camper's Cove and other cabins on adjoining private land were not affected.

The most recent operator of the concession was Camper's Cove LLC which owns property at both Hyatt Lake Resort and at Camper's Cove.

Resort manager Bill Duke declined to comment about the draft EA after being contacted via cell phone by the Mail Tribune today.

Bob McNeely, who formerly ran Camper's Cove, filed for bankruptcy on Sept. 30, 2009, for Nor'wester Industries Inc. of Washington, the company that built the cabins, which McNeely described as recreational vehicles.

The draft document is available online at

Written comments can be submitted to Chuck Carnohan, Environmental Protection Specialist, Bureau of Reclamation, 1917 Marsh Road, Yakima, Washington, 98901-2058.

— Paul Fattig

Read more in Saturday's Mail Tribune.

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