A local volunteer organization has taken on the hefty task of caring for and promoting one of Carter County's popular tourist destinations – Grayson Lake State Park.

The Friends of Grayson Lake is a nonprofit organization consisting of local park enthusiasts. As part of their mission to expand the park's appeal, the group has organized cleanup efforts around the park and is working with the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers on a number of projects to inject new life into the lake area.

One specific collaborative project between the friends group and the local Corps office is the renovation of a kayak launch ramp along the lake's spillway area.

According to the friends group's organizer, Sabrina McWhorter, Prichard's Outdoor Shop has agreed to donate the materials to renovate the ramp.

All that is lacking now is approval by the Huntington District office of the Corps of Engineers.

“There really isn't a safe place from which to launch kayaks right now. A lot of the areas are full of rocks that a person could break their ankle on if they took a fall. This new ramp will change that,” said McWhorter.

In addition to the launch ramp project, the group also is planning a fall cleanup of the park area, a car wash fundraiser and a 5K trail run that could take place near Labor Day.

The group also plans to participate in the Adopt-A-Highway program by holding regular cleanups of the highway beginning at the Grayson Lake welcome sign and continuing south approximately two miles on KY 7.

For those interested in volunteering with the Friends of Grayson Lake, the group meets on the third Thursday of each month at 6 p.m. in the Grayson Tourism cabin.

They also can be found on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/FriendsofGraysonLake.

Joe Lewis can be reached at jlewis@journal-times.com or by telephone at 286-4201.

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