RV Park and Campground Briefs
From the Powell Tribune:
Water levels could remain high in Bighorn Lake for the rest of the month, making many docks and campgrounds inaccessible.
Officials at the Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area expect the lake to hit its peak level — about 3,600 feet — sometime next week.
The Powell Tribune reports that water that high would rise above the bottom of the support beams of the U.S. Highway 14-A bridge at the south end of the lake. The Wyoming Department of Transportation is concerned about possible damage to the bridge if that happens.
Much of the inflow into the lake is due to releases from Buffalo Bill and Boysen reservoirs.
The Billings (Mont.) Gazette reported that many docks and campgrounds will be inaccessible as the water climbs toward a peak elevation in the next week.
Here is the status of campgrounds and facilities on Bighorn Lake: Black Canyon campground is closed because campsites are flooded. The swimming beach at Ok-A-Beh is closed. The docks and floating restrooms in Black Canyon will still be accessible. Dayboard 9 visitor-use area is likely to be accessible even though several sites are underwater. Medicine Creek campground is closed. The concession docks at Horseshoe Bend have been pulled. The north and south Kane boat ramps are closed. Yellowtail Marina remains open.
River inflows are expected to remain high throughout July.
From the Coeur d’Alene Press:
Starting today (July 21), Graham Creek, a popular area for dispersed camping, is closed to public use. Located approximately 14 miles northbound on Forest Highway 9. Graham Creek is closed to protect public safety as a result of frequent bear encounters in the area.
Although many campers in the area have responded positively to Forest Service employees’ efforts to educate visitors on recreating in bear country, the bear continues to make regular visits to various camps within the area.
“While most people are storing their food and trash properly, we have a situation that could potentially turn dangerous if the bear continues to return and becomes habituated to encounters with humans. By removing food and trash from the area, our goal is to protect both the visitors and the bears by discouraging the bears from returning,” says Kimberly Johnson, Deputy District Ranger.
There have been numerous bear sightings on the Coeur d’Alene River Ranger District this spring and summer. “This situation is a reminder that visitors on the National Forest are recreating in bear country, and there are basic precautions that should always be taken. Campers are in the bears’ habitat when they camp on National Forest lands,” adds Johnson. When camping in bear country keep a clean camp, secure food and trash in bear-proof containers or a vehicle at all times, and keep pets under control at all times.
From The Lake County News:
One man died and a second was wounded following a Wednesday evening (July 20) shooting in Redwood Valley.
The shooting occurred shortly before 8 p.m. at the Bu Shay Campground in Redwood Valley, according to a report from Capt. Kurt Smallcomb of the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office.
The names of the victims have not yet been released, and Smallcomb said suspects were still being identified.
Smallcomb said that at 7:50 p.m. Wednesday the Mendocino County Sheriffs Dispatch Center was contacted by employees at the campground regarding a shooting which had just occurred.
Deputies, along with the California Highway Patrol, Redwood Valley Fire, California Department of Forestry, REACH and and Cal Star air ambulances, proceeded to and arrived at space No. 8 at the campground, Smallcomb reported.
He said deputies learned that two people at the campsite had been shot.
A 40-year-old man was transported to Ukiah Valley Medical Center with life-saving efforts under way, but the man died from his injuries, Smallcomb said.
The second victim, reported to be in his 20s, was flown via air ambulance to an out-of-county hospital for a single gunshot wound to the upper torso. Smallcomb said that victim’s medical condition was listed as critical but stable early Thursday morning.
Smallcomb said sheriff’s detectives were investigating the incident and also were in the process of identifying at least three to four suspects responsible for the shootings.
At about 2:30 a.m. Lake County authorities issued an officer safety be on the lookout for a 33-year-old white male subject wanted in connection with the shooting.
The man was reported to be associated with a black Nissan sedan that contained three other white male adults. Officials said he was armed and dangerous, and last seen in Mendocino County at around the time of the fatal shooting.
Smallcomb said an autopsy of the fatal shooting victim is planned for Friday.
From the Abilene Reporter News:
The manager of the Taylor County Expo Center would like to add some RV hookups to the campgrounds at the center.
Taylor County Expo Center General Manager Rochelle Johnson told commissioners during budget request hearings Wednesday (July 20) more RV hookups would come in handy, especially during the Western Heritage event, which usually falls on the same weekend as college graduations. The additional hookups would allow more people to use the facility.
More RV hookups would cut down some on the demand for hotel rooms, Johnson said, but visitors would still be purchasing fuel, food and other items locally.
By stringing temporary electrical and water lines, 450 RVs can be accommodated, a number required by the state 4-H horse show. The budget request includes $30,000 to add 32 more spots, counting the temporary ones. Johnson said the long-range goal is to make all spots permanent, avoiding the expense of placing and removing the lines each year.