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Timberlake Pond on Eglin Air Force Base is closed for recreation and fishing while being renovated with a new dam structure and spillway, according to Air Force officials. The pond and recreational area is among Eglin’s most popular for hikers, campers, mountain bikers and fisherman.

The pond will reopen for recreation only in the Spring and include a non-motorized vehicle path for bikes and foot traffic and an improved camping area and day use area.

Mountain bikers are asked to avoid the pond area until construction is complete due to heavy equipment and tools in the area and possible unstable ground. Range Patrol will patrol the area and write citations to offenders.

After the renovation, the pond will refill to full capacity over several months. Then the pond will be restocked, but will remain closed to fishing for several years.

The renovation was paid for exclusively through range permit sales revenue.

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