Coyote Lake access road reopens to traffic

Park Ranger Doug Allen talks about the sinkhole on a four-mile

The Coyote Lake section of Coyote Lake-Harvey Bear Ranch County
Park that had been shut down due to a 22-feet deep sinkhole has
reopened to general traffic.
The Coyote Lake section of Coyote Lake-Harvey Bear Ranch County Park that had been shut down due to a 22-feet deep sinkhole has reopened to general traffic.

About two months ago, the paved road caved in after the slow drip of a leaky pipe took its toll, Senior Park Ranger Christopher Crockett said. An earthquake fault runs right through the area, which likely dislodged the pipe years ago. Park rangers originally expected road repairs to take several more weeks.

Coyote Lake reopens for boating April 15.

What is a sinkhole?

A sinkhole is a natural depression in the ground caused by the removal of soil or bedrock by water. They vary in size and can reach depths of several hundred yards.

Why do sinkholes occur?

Commonly occurring in areas where the rock below the land surface is limestone, carbonate rock, salt beds or rocks that can naturally be dissolved by ground water circulating through them, sinkholes form when spaces and caverns develop underground.

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