RV Park and Campground Briefs
From the Albuquerque Journal:
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says it will likely be the middle of August before Cochiti Lake in New Mexico is reopened.
The lake and surrounding recreation areas were shut down June 29 because of the Las Conchas fire. The threat now is from flooding and the potential for large debris to wash down from the mountains above the lake.
The Albuquerque district commander, Lt. Col. Jason Williams, says the after effects of the fire have presented the agency with a rare set of circumstances that could significantly impact both public safety and water quality in the lake.
Officials say Cochiti Lake’s campgrounds docks, boat ramps, picnic areas and swimming locations will remain shut until Aug. 17, when some areas will likely be reopened on a limited basis.
From KPAX-TV, Missoula:
The Forest Service has closed the Piney Boat campground and boat launch at Georgetown Lake near Philipsburg for the rest of the year for safety reasons. Recent wind storms knocked a number of tree limbs to the ground over the past two weeks. The closure began on Monday (July 25). Campers can still use Philipsburg Bay, Lodgepole and Spring Hill campgrounds. There are also non-fee sites at Flint Creek, East Fork and Spillway campgrounds. Alternative boat launches are located at Grassy Point and Red Bridge.
Crews are working to reopen the picnic area at Rainbow Bay by removing hazard trees along the access road. Officials closed it in May after strong winds toppled several trees left standing after a tree removal project. Crews left some lodgepole pine trees standing after a project to remove dead and dying trees affected by the mountain pine beetle. Unstable soil conditions reduced the stability of the remaining live trees making them more susceptible to strong winds.
From KXII-TV, Ardmore:
Summer heat and drought weather have resulted in extreme fire weather conditions in south central Oklahoma, including the national recreation area. This and operational considerations at Guy Sandy campground necessitate a temporary closure of this campground at Chickasaw National Recreation Area. The Guy Sandy campground is designed as a one-way loop of 40 tent campsites with a single gate entrance to the campground. The campground is adjacent to the Twin Lakes and Lake Side Estate residential areas, southwest of Sulphur, Oklahoma.
Also, there is a temporary ban on ash-producing fires for any fires utilized by visitors in park campground or picnic grills. Gas grills for cooking are still permitted at this time where the grill is at least five feet from vegetation.