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Opening of some PNF recreation sites delayed

Improving weather signals the start of the summer recreation season, including camping, hiking and fishing.  On the Plumas National Forest, recreation facilities typically start reopening in early May.

Preparations are being made to open some sites at Wyandotte Campground at Little Grass Valley Recreation Area, as well as sites in Sly Creek and Strawberry Campgrounds in the Sly Creek Recreation Area on May 22.

Reservations for Wyandotte Campground are available at Recreation.gov.  Campsites in the Sly Creek Recreation Area are first come, first served.

There are several other campgrounds managed by the Plumas National Forest available now, including Red Bridge Campground and Brady’s Camp on the Mount Hough Ranger District, and Milsap Bar Campground and American House and Poker Flat OHV Camps on the Feather River Ranger District.

Openings for other sites are currently delayed, and there is no estimated opening date at this time. This includes facilities at Lake Davis and in the Feather River Canyon, which were originally scheduled to open this weekend. Visitors who made reservations on Reservation.gov through May 11 have received cancellation notifications.

The sites are managed by Outdoors in Plumas.  The Forest Service is working with its partners at Outdoors in Plumas to open recreation facilities for the 2022 season as soon as possible.  During this process, more cancellations may occur on Recreation.gov until facilities are able to open for the 2022 season.

“We appreciate the patience of area visitors and local communities while we work to open recreation facilities for the season,” said Plumas National Forest Supervisor Chris Carlton.  “The past couple years have been difficult for all of our communities, and our goal is to provide access to as many of the amazing recreation sites on the Plumas as soon as possible.”

Outdoors in Plumas operates 68 of approximately 150 developed recreation sites on the Plumas National Forest as a concessionaire under permit with the Plumas National Forest.  This includes campgrounds, day use areas, boat launches and other facilities.

The Forest has several Day Use areas that are currently open.

On the Beckwourth Ranger District, this includes Frenchman Dam and Lake Davis Dam Kiosks, Turkey Point, Salmon Egg Shoal, Nightcrawler Bay, Cow Creek and Snallygaster Point Fishing Sites, Eagle Point Fishing Access, Portola and Jackson Creek Picnic Areas, Fairview Point, Jenkins Point and Frazier Falls Trailhead.

On the Mount Hough Ranger District, this includes Antelope Dam Kiosk, Guiney Point Day Use Area, Cascade Trailhead and Day Use Area, Lunker Landing Fishing Site and Round Valley Picnic Area.

For those looking for a camping adventure outside developed facilities, dispersed recreation is a great option.

Dispersed camping is allowed anywhere in the Forest, except for in developed recreation areas (backpacking is allowed in the Lakes Basin Recreation Area, but only to the north of Mount Elwell), within 100 feet of a lake or stream, or within a meadow.  Outside of those areas, a campsite can be set up, with camping allowed for up to 21 days.  Leave No Trace outdoor ethics should be practiced.

For more information, visit www.fs.usda.gov/activity/plumas/recreation/camping-cabins.

Forest visitors should be aware of closures and current conditions when planning a trip.

Many locations on the forest have been affected by wildfire over the past few years and may affect the recreation experience.

Spring weather conditions are also highly variable and can change rapidly, from warm and dry to cold and wet with little notice.  This weekend includes precipitation and cooler weather in the forecast, with storms in the forecast through early next week.

Please visit www.outdoorsinplumas.com for additional information on the recreation sites they manage.

For more information on the Plumas National Forest, visit www.fs.usda.gov/plumas, follow the

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