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Local campgrounds slated for upgrades

Feather Publishing

  Three campgrounds on the Plumas National Forest are undergoing improvements with the addition of ADA (American with Disabilities Act) accessible campsites, pathways and other improvements at each location.

  Located on the Mt. Hough Ranger District along or near the Feather River Scenic Byway (Highway 70), Hallstead, North Fork and Spanish Creek campgrounds have been or will be under construction for the upgrades.

  “We apologize for the inconvenience this may cause in the short term but we know in the long term people will appreciate the repairs and upgrades,” said Mike Donald, ranger for the Mt. Hough District.

  The Hallstead campground is newly reopened this year. Improvements include four ADA accessible campsites, a new flush restroom facility with four showers, a new water system and tank, eight campsite electrical hookups, new roadway pavement and campsites with camp spurs to accommodate longer/wider vehicles.

  A new ADA accessible pathway leads to a picnic area adjacent to the river. Scheduled in the near future are educational panels and an outdoor kiosk with seating to accommodate small groups, including classes. The campground was reconstructed with fire settlement funding from the 2008 Rich Fire.

  The North Fork campground, located on Caribou Road just off the scenic byway, will be closed after the July 4 weekend for improvements including four ADA accessible campsites, a new flush restroom facility with four showers, new water system and tank, additional campsite electrical hookups, new roadway pavement and campsites with camp spurs to accommodate longer/wider vehicles. Funded with fire settlement funds from the 2000 Storrie Fire, the campground is scheduled to reopen in spring 2014.

  The Spanish Creek campground, closed since 2010 for bridge construction and subsequent campground reconstruction, will reopen in 2014. Improvements include overall refurbishing, repairs to the water system and a new restroom facility for future campground expansion. A pedestrian bridge is also planned in the future to allow for site additions and day use access across the river. The Forest Service received funding from California Department of Transportation as a mitigation of the bridge construction, allowing for the repairs and upgrades.

  Reservations are now available for Hallstead Campground at recreation.gov. Recreation information on all three sites can be found at fs.usda.gov/plumas. Questions or concerns about closures or improvements may be directed to Acting Public Services Staff Erika Brenzovich at ebrenzovich@fs.fed.us, or call 283-7620.


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