On July 12, problems popped up again.
"We lost power to the campground again," McClintic explained. "The part of the power grid that ran through the campground was cable that had been buried, without a surrounding conduit, for 40 years. Ordinarily the flow of current provides enough heat to keep moisture from affecting the lines, but during the prolonged outage moisture apparently seeped in and eventually caused a fault."
Workers ended up replacing a 200-foot section of buried cable and three transformers. The work kept the campground closed for three weeks during what would have been the busiest part of the camping season.
The ongoing electrical problems even affected Laurel Fork, a popular trout stream that runs through the park.
"We ended up not stocking the stream at all last year," McClintic said.
"There were lots of downed trees in the creek, and when the water came up, a bunch of debris dams built up. At the same time, we had the electrical contractor in there digging trenches, and we didn't want fishermen interfering with them and vice versa. So we asked [Division of Natural Resources officials] to suspend the stockings."
In late May, when contractors had finished the electrical work and cleared away much of the debris, the stream did receive a couple of stockings, but by then the prime weeks for trout fishing had just about ended.
McClintic said all the park's problems appear to be behind it now. He said the cabins, campground and pool should all open on schedule, and the trout stream should receive its full complement of biweekly stockings.
"Barring another catastrophe, everything should be back to normal this spring," he said.
Reach John McCoy at johnmc...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1231.