RV Park and Campground Briefs
From The Peninsula Daily News:
Contractors will use a series of controlled blasts to lower the Glines Canyon Dam in July, necessitating a safety-related closure of Altair Campground.
The campground will close on the evening of July 1 and will remain closed through the entire month.
“Dam removal contractor Barnard Construction will be working steadily throughout the month of July to lower Glines Canyon Dam,” said Olympic National Park Acting Superintendent Todd Suess.
“With the rest of the summer work season restricted by ‘fish windows,’ Barnard needs to maximize their efforts throughout July.”
Controlled blasting will result in more a sudden water release than the hydraulic hammer previously used in the removal work at Glines Canyon Dam.
“While we regret the inconvenience to our visitors, safety concerns dictate that we must close Altair Campground for the month of July,” explained Suess.
Visitors are reminded that the Glines Canyon Dam and the former Elwha Dam site are still active construction areas and are closed to all public entry.
From KPHO-TV, Phoenix:
A Northern Arizona campground where a bear attacked a woman this month has reopened.
Tonto National Forest officials said there have been no signs of the bear returning to the Ponderosa Campground following the May 31 attack. The campground is just off Highway 260 about 10 miles east of Payson.
A 74-year-old woman awoke in her tent to a bear clawing at her. Officials said after tearing open the tent, the bear reportedly stuck its head in and clawed at the woman. She had bruises and a laceration on her scalp.
The bear they have been looking for is considered a category one bear, which means it is aggressive enough to be destroyed if it is found or captured, said Game and Fish Wildlife Manager Jarrod McFarlin.
Arizona Game and Fish officials said the strategies they employed to catch the animal did not work. They cautioned the public there have been more bear sightings reported this year because of the ongoing drought.
From the Sturgis Journal:
Cade Lake and Nottawa parks would be the primary areas patrolled by the St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department if a funding request from county officials is approved next week.
At a special meeting Tuesday of the St. Joseph County Parks and Recreation Commission, members agreed to ask the county commission for an allocation of about $6,000. That would cover expenses for a part-time deputy to patrol the two parks, which are the only county parks with campsites.
Coverage would center on Nottawa Park at Sand Lake and Cade Lake Park in Fawn River Township.
Parks and rec commission member Jerry Ware, liaison to the county commission, said he’s aware that the two campgrounds occasionally draw guests who sometimes disregard park rules and dismiss requests from on-site park managers to abide by instructions.
He said more problems — including cases of drunkenness — seem to come from Nottawa Park than Cade Lake Park.
Ware said rangers have only so much authority and the presence of a sworn deputy might discourage conduct and violations contradicting park rules.
From The Spokesman-Review, Spokane, Wash.:
Kit Price and Devils Elbow Campgrounds are temporarily closed to the public while construction crews work to improve the campground water systems and repave roads, the Idaho Panhandle National Forests announced today.
The popular campgrounds on the North Fork of the Cour d’Alene River about 40 miles north of I-90 at Kingston are scheduled to reopen in July.