Flooding forces campground closures
June 18, 2010
Several campgrounds and picnic areas in the Uinta Mountains remain closed after flooding last week east of Kamas.
The Weber River overran its banks recently and the Ledgefork campground in Weber Canyon is closed. The U.S. Forest Service is not sure when the popular campground will reopen.
"The water has got to go down for us to get in there and do a good job," U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman Kathy Jo Pollock said. "It has caused enough resource damage that we need to do maintenance. Once we get some maintenance done in there, and we feel safe to open it, we will go ahead and it will be on a first-come-first-serve basis."
Along the Mirror Lake Highway, flooding also forced the closure of the Lower Provo River campground.
"That sits right along the river," Pollock said.
The lower loop of the Soapstone campground is also closed, she said.
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"It still had water in it that had come up into that loop," Pollock said.
However, campgrounds at Cobblerest, Shingle Creek, Cedar Hollow and Hoyts Peak will be open this weekend. Snow still covers much of the Mirror Lake Highway and campgrounds at higher elevations remain closed.
"There is a possibility that Mirror Lake will not be open for the Fourth of July," Pollock said.
Heavy spring runoff also forced the closure of several campgrounds near the North Slope of the Uinta Mountains. Bear River, West Fork of the Bear, East Fork of the Blacks Fork going to Hewinta, Bridger Lake, West Marsh Lake and Hoop Lake campgrounds remain closed.
Pollock said mountain streams are expected to remain high through June.
"Swift cold rivers and streams pose a serious safety hazard," she said.
She cautioned people to be careful near fast-moving streams.
"Water flows are extremely powerful and can easily sweep an adult downstream," she said.