The park at the newly purchased Walker Lake in Dixon will likely not open until early 2022 as the county strived to make improvements to the property to make it safe for the public.

Webster County Fiscal Court members voted unanimously on Monday to approve a bid of $40,966.88 for the purchase of a kayak launch and dock to be installed at Walker Lake outside of Dixon.

Kerco Inc. of Madisonville submitted the winning bid.

County officials described the dock and kayak launch as a larger version of the dock installed by the city of Madisonville at its Mahr Park facility. The full size of the dock will be 54 feet inches by 27.5 feet and will include two kayak launches and space for boats to be tied off at the dock.

The dock purchase is the first major investment in the former Lake Reel-Em-In Recreational Park since the county purchased the property from the Boggess family earlier this year for $1.5 million.

The 207 parcel of land sets along Highway 132 west of Dixon. At one point in time, that area served the exact purpose that the court hopes to see it fill once again. The approximately 65 acre lake on the property, now known as Walker Lake, was once known as Lake Reel-Em-In, and served as a popular recreational location that offered camping, fishing and swimming.

The facility closed sometime in the 1960s.

“It was once a very popular place and people came from all over the region to spend time there,” said Judge Executive Steve Henry. “The potential is absolutely unlimited. It is certainly something the people of Webster County can have as their own. It already looks like a park.”

The county is still looking into renovations to the lake’s spillway system, which is believed to be nearly 80 years old. County officials have stated that a new spillway must be installed before the lake can be opened to the public. The current plan is for that to happen in late spring or early summer of 2022.

The court also held a brief closed session to discuss pending litigation, but nothing was reported following that meeting.

Contact Matt Hughes at matt@journalenterprise.com or 270-667-2069

Contact Matt Hughes at matt@journalenterprise.com or 270-667-2069