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Memorial Weekend on the Nez Perce–Clearwater National Forests: Facilities prepped for camping season

Snow-laden landscapes are giving way to green grass and wildflowers — a sure sign that spring has finally arrived. Early season visitors to the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests are sure to arrive for Memorial Day Weekend.

Campsites ready

Three of the four developed campgrounds on the Palouse Ranger District — Laird Park, Little Boulder and Giant White Pine — are open, and all standard campground amenities are available. The Elk Creek Campground, near the town of Elk River, is open and features 23 sites with electrical hookups; some sites can be reserved.

Contact the Potlatch Ranger Station, 875-1131, to reserve picnic areas.

On the North Fork Ranger District, Aquarius Campground and Noe Creek Campground will open on Friday, May 23, just in time to welcome holiday visitors. Closed through Memorial Day weekend are: the Washington Creek and Kelly Forks Campgrounds (scheduled to open June 6); and Hidden Creek Campground (scheduled to open June 13).

All campgrounds on the Powell and Lochsa Ranger Districts, including Wilderness Gateway and Powell Campgrounds, will open by May 23.

Wendover and Whitehouse Campgrounds are slated to open on June 6. Elk Summit Campground will not be accessible until sometime late June or July, when Elk Summit Road 360 melts out.

Jerry Johnson Campground will remain closed to overnight camping all summer; Jerry Johnson Hot Springs is open for day use only, 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Water systems have been turned on and tested at Wild Goose, Apgar, Wilderness Gateway, Wendover, Whitehouse, Powell, and White Sands campgrounds. Plan to bring water to other Lochsa River sites.

All of the Moose Creek Ranger District campgrounds are open. Johnson Bar has potable water. Campers are welcome to fill water jugs at the Fenn Visitor Center.

Fee campgrounds situated along the South Fork Clearwater River, including Castle Creek Campground and South Fork Campground, are open and potable water is available.

Spring Bar Campground, located along the Salmon River, is open, with potable water available. Fish Creek Campground, located seven miles south of Grangeville, is open for the summer season; water should be available by May 24.

On the Red River Ranger District, potable water will not be available at Red River Campground; boil before consumption. The RV dump site at Red River is not available yet; plans are to have it this summer

For road and trail information and updates, contact the Supervisor’s Office in Kamiah at 935-2513, the Grangeville Office at 983-1950 or the North Fork Ranger District Office at 476-8267.

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