The Cheadle Lake Trail in Lebanon will be closed to the public on Thursday as the city of Albany will be conducting maintenance of the adjacent Albany-Santiam Canal.

The maintenance will require the use of the trail to access the canal. The city of Lebanon is closing the popular trail to public access for safety reasons.

Such trail closures for routine maintenance are relatively routine.

The city of Albany has asked the city of Lebanon to close the trail a few times in the last few years as heavy machinery is needed for maintenance such as trimming branches or removing dead trees from along the waterway.

Cheadle Lake is a 100-acre body of water. It was a natural lake and then was converted to a mill pond in the early 1940s. Freres Lumber Company owned the lake from 1985 to 2005, then donated it to the Lebanon Community Foundation.

The lake and its trail have been open to public use since 2009, and the area is a favorite locale for anglers and kayakers, as well as walkers, joggers and bicyclists.

For more information about the closure, contact Rob Emmons, city of Lebanon engineering services supervisor, at 541-258-4274.

Kyle Odegard