Georgia-Pacific has announced that the Olalla Reservoir will reopen for public use at sunrise this Saturday, May 1.

After reviewing government guidelines and in consultation with local public health authorities, Georgia-Pacific will reopen Olalla Reservoir to the public at sunrise this Saturday, May 1.

Located northeast of Toledo, the reservoir supplies production water to GP’s containerboard mill. As the property owner, the company allows the public to use the site for daytime recreational purposes.

GP closed the reservoir on March 21, 2020 due to risks posed by COVID-19. Since then, most public parks and recreational sites in Lincoln County have reopened, with visitors being urged to comply with precautions such as social distancing and mask wearing. GP urges visitors to the reservoir to do the same, and a sign has been posted explaining these precautions.

Specifically, GP urges visitors to comply with the following:

• Stay home if you feel sick;

• Maintain at least 6 feet of distance from others;

• Cover your mouth and nose with a mask if you might come into contact with others;

• Bring an extra mask in case your mask gets wet or soiled.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control’s comprehensive list of precautions for recreational site visitors can be found online at https://tinyurl.com/3zf5ppea

People using the reservoir do so at their own risk — no lifeguard is on duty. No littering, alcohol, tobacco, hunting or gas-powered boat motors are allowed. People are asked to leash their pets and clean up after them.

GP security personnel patrol the reservoir and lock the barricade at sundown and reopen it at sunrise. After-hours trespassing will be reported to law enforcement. GP may close the reservoir to the public at any time, including for reasons of health and safety.

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