MEDFORD, Ore. — The U.S. Forest Service on Thursday released a solid timeline for reopening camp and recreation sites in the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest, set to slowly unfold over the next several weeks.
Before Memorial Day, USFS opened a few trailheads, boat ramps and day use areas. Now, throughout the month of June, the agency is opening up recreation sites and campgrounds that have remained closed for months.
"Forest staff have been carefully evaluating these sites for suitability of public access, and they are being opened for use in compliance with federal, state and local guidelines," the agency said.
Visitors are asked to "know before you go" and check on the local conditions, openings and closures. They are also asked to be prepared and aware of the surroundings when visiting the outdoors — bringing necessary supplies and packing out what you pack in.
“We are pleased to be offering public access to additional developed recreation sites as we move into the summer recreation season," stated Michelle Ahearn, Forest Recreation Program Manager. “Reopening facilities continues to be a significant challenge for outdoor recreation providers this year, and everyone is doing their best to make these services available and safe for the public to enjoy.”
RRSNF laid out the following schedule for reopening over the next several weeks:
June 11 Campground/Recreation Site Openings
High Cascades Ranger District: Willow Prairie Horse Camp (honoring current reservations)
June 15 Recreation Site Openings
High Cascades Ranger District: Woodruff OHV Play Area
June 18 Recreation Site Openings
High Cascades Ranger District: Mill Creek Campground, Jim Creek Group Campground, Rogue Gorge Day Use, Union Creek Wayside, Natural Bridge Day Use (Tentative/alternate opening date June 24), River Bridge (Tentative/alternate opening date June 24)
Wild Rivers Ranger District: Bolan Lake Campground, Spaulding Pond Campground, Little Falls Campground, Echo Beach Campground, Josephine Creek Campground, Sam Brown Campground, Sam Brown Horse Camp, Six Mile Campground, Store Gulch Campground, Grayback Campground (Tentative-potential delays due to water system), Chinquapin Group Campground. Dispersed camping is available at Grassy Flat, Myers Camp and Secret Creek.
June 19 Campground/Recreation Site Openings
Gold Beach Ranger District: Quosatana Campground, Oak Flat Campground, Lobster Creek Campground, Foster Bar Campground.
June 26 Campground/Recreation Site Openings
Powers Ranger District: All recreation sites on the Powers District will be open, including trailheads and campgrounds, with the exception of Bald Knob Lookout.
June 30 Campground/Recreation Site Openings
Gold Beach Ranger District: Ludlum House
July 1 Campground/Recreation Site Openings
Siskiyou Mountains Ranger District: Beaver Sulpher Campground, Flumet Campground, Wrangle Campground, and Squaw Peak Lookout.
July 2 Campground/Recreation Site Openings
Gold Beach Ranger District: Ludlum Campground