Forest Service Eyes Idaho Camp Overhaul
The U.S. Forest Service proposes a complete overhaul of the campground at the inlet of Stanley Lake in Idaho, according to the Southern Idaho Business, Twin Falls.
The overhaul is necessary because the campground, located 60 miles northeast of Boise, is no longer practical, says Eric McQuay, the recreation program manager for the U.S. Forest Service’s Stanley Ranger Station. Flooding washes out roads and leaves campsites inaccessible until mid-July. The solution – filling in more of the wetland area – is much harder to get approval for now than it was 50 years ago.
Aging hand pumps can’t be replaced because they’re within 100 feet of standing water, violating current standards. The same goes for the site’s outhouses, “way past needing replacement,” McQuay said. And the road to the current boat ramp runs through a wetland full of beavers, meaning Forest Service employees have to take the time each day to clean out its culverts.
The solution, as proposed by the Forest Service, is a complete overhaul of the camp. The plan includes a new 25- to 30-unit campground, a sturdier boat ramp with better parking and a new walking and bike path connecting the area with the nearby Stanley Lake Campground. Some current campsites would be preserved as picnic areas, and some other campsites dispersed near the lake outlet would be closed to reduce their combined effect on the land.
A final decision is to be made by the winter of 2009-2010, with construction completed in 2012.