Monday, June 14, 2010

Update on High Waters in Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forests

SALT LAKE CITY, June 11, 2010 – Areas on the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest still affected by high water include Little Cottonwood Canyon, American Fork Canyon, North Slope of the High Uintas, Mirror Lake Highway, Stansbury Mountain Range and the Weber River area near Kamas.

Forest visitors need adhere to road closure signage or blockades. Travelers should not attempt to cross roads where water is flowing across. Visitors should use extreme caution when recreating around fast moving streams or rivers. Also, parents should keep children and pets close-by and insure they understand the dangers of fast moving water.

There are a limited number of campgrounds, picnic areas trails and roads that are under emergency closures to protect public health and safety due to the high water and run-off.

These are:

Salt Lake Ranger District:
 Little Cottonwood Creek Trail – Closed
 Upper Narrows and Lower Narrows Loop Campgrounds, South Willow Canyon, Stansbury Mountains – Closed
 South Willow Canyon Road from Boy Scout Campground to Loop Campground - Closed

Pleasant Grove Ranger District:
 Sawmill Picnic Area, American Fork Canyon – Closed
 Mineral Basin Road closed just above Baker Fork in American Fork Canyon – Closed
 Portions of the trail around Tibble Fork Reservoir are still impassable due to water.

Heber-Kamas Ranger District:
 Ledgefork Campground, Weber River Area near Kamas – Closed
 Lower Provo River Campground, Mirror Lake Highway – Closed
 Soapstone Campground, Mirror Lake Highway – the lower loop is Closed

Evanston/Mt. View Ranger District:
 Bear River Campground, North Slope of Uintas – Closed
 West Fork of the Bear, North Slope of the Uintas -Closed
 East Fork of the Blacks Fork going to Hewinta - Closed
 East Fork of the Blacks Fork, south of Uinta Junction, North Slope of the Uintas – Closed to Sedans
 Bridger Lake Campground, North Slope of Uintas – Closed
 West Marsh Lake Campground, North Slope of Uintas - Closed
 Hoop Lake Campground, North Slope of Uintas - Closed
 Access road to Hoop Lake Campground, North Slope of the Uintas - Closed
 The Middle Beaver Creek Road to West Beaver Creek on the North Slope of the Uintas - Closed

Information on emergency closures will be updated as information becomes available. Forinformation on the North Slope road closures, contact the Evanston-Mt. View Ranger District at307-789-3194 or 307-782-6555.

Please note: The US Forest Service is responsible for managing National Forest System (NFS) roads. Closures on state or county roads crossing NFS lands are managed by their respective jurisdictions.

For information on specific campground closures, contact campground concessionaire American Land & Leisure at (801) 226-3564.

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