RV Park and Campground Briefs
From the Great Falls Tribune:
Two popular campgrounds in the Little Belt Mountains will be available to campers this weekend.
The Forest Service opened Kings Hill Campground on Tuesday (July 12), and Cascade County has repaired Lick Creek Road, which is the most popular way to access Logging Creek Campground.
Kings Hill Campground is just east of U.S. Highway 89, near the top of Kings Hill, about 65 miles southeast of Great Falls. Logging Creek Campground is on the north end of the Little Belt Mountains, and is accessible by taking County Road 227 southeast from Stockett to Lick Creek Road.
"We were just waiting for winter to go away to get in," said Lewis and Clark National Forest spokesman Dave Cunningham. "The snow was exceptionally slow in leaving."
Cunningham said Forest Service crews had to get the water system working, test the water for purity and identify and remove any hazard trees from Kings Hill Campground.
"We take those same steps in every campground," he said.
Logging Creek Campground has been open for weeks, but Lick Creek Road was impassable.
"Big kudos to the county for working hard and doing that since that road is heavily used by folks wanting to access forest for recreation," Cunningham said.
Brian Clifton, Cascade County Public Works director, said his crews opened the road Tuesday.
"There was a hole that ended up having a lot of water pumping up from underground," Clifton said. "That created a bog, which was pretty much the width of the road."
Clifton said crews dug out smaller base material and replaced it with large material to re-establish the base, and then resurfaced the road.
The hole in Lick Creek Road was about half a mile south of Evans-Riceville Road.
From the Langley Times:
The campground at Derby Reach park in Fort Langley was closed because of flooding Wednesday (July 13).
Overnight campers were told to leave as river levels came close to overflowing.
The bridge to an off-leash dog area in the park was also closed.
The BC River Forecast Center issued a “high streamflow advisory” for the Lower Fraser River this week, warning levels were expected peak Wednesday and Thursday.
Upriver, homes in one Prince George neighbourhood were evacuated because of minor flooding but some residents were allowed to return to their houses Wednesday.
In Langley Township, municipal crews are making daily checks of river levels at three dikes that are normally checked weekly.
The higher than usual river levels are blamed on heavier than normal rainfall through the upper portions of the Fraser River watershed and North Thompson River late last week and weekend.
More rain was forecast for the Upper Fraser watershed and it was expected to cause another rise in river levels through Prince George around the end of the week, with the surge working its way downstream to the Lower Mainland and Langley early next week.