An inspector from the Indiana State Board of Health will soon be visiting the Bass Lake Beach and Campground, according to Starke County Sanitarian Chris Dalton. Dalton told the county commissioners this week that he had inspected the beach not too long ago and noticed a few minor problems, such as weeds growing near the beach, bathrooms suffering from structural issues, rusty water, and other issues. He said he had been out to the business in the past to deal with complaints of garbage laying around and unsanitary bathrooms, but the owners have been good at fixing up what Dalton points out.
Dalton said one woman had contacted him and complained that the bathrooms were in terrible shape, with human waste visible and other problems as well. He told the commissioners that he then called one of the owners, who informed him that the issues were due to a pump problem that has since been resolved.
However, because the commissioners have received a number of complaints from campers complaining of a lack of water, terrible restroom and shower conditions, and questionable water testing, Commissioner Kathy Norem said Doug Williamson from the ISBH will be visiting the campground to assemble a report. She emphasized that the commissioners have no intent of shutting down the beach or campground because it is too important to the county, but she said it is vital that these complaints and issues be addressed.
Dalton said Williamson will visit the campground next week and perform an inspection to ensure that any issues that are present are corrected, lest the owners face possible fines and citations.