Briefs for May 26

Freeman campground fees remain


Freeman Reservoir Campground, about 20 miles north of Craig, will be operated by Moffat County Parks and Recreation beginning this year.

"We are happy to be in partnership with Moffat County for the operation of the Freeman Reservoir Campground and Day Use areas," Kent Foster, recreation manager for the Hahn's Peak/Bears Ears Ranger District, said.


Moffat County Parks and Recreation will be operating these areas for the Forest Service under a special use permit. Fees collected there will be used to maintain and improve the facilities. This means that if you use the area, your money stays in Moffat County to improve your experience in the Routt National Forest. It costs $12 per night to camp at Freeman Reservoir Campground. Foster also thanked the Bureau of Land Management fire crews for assisting in hazard tree removal at the Freeman Reservoir area. This is a mutual benefit for all. It helps us make the area safe for the public and it provides training for the fire crews.

As Memorial Day weekend arrives, folks are reminded that California Park is closed to protect Sand Hill Crane nesting activities. The area will open July 1.

For more information about your National Forests, visit or call the Forest Service at 879-1870.

Campgrounds open

for Memorial Day

Quite a few campgrounds, roads and trails in the Routt National Forest are open in time for Memorial Day weekend.

"The 82-mile Flattops Trail Scenic Byway that goes from Yampa to Meeker is open all the way, with a lot of beautiful scenery the whole length," Lee Duerksen, Visitor Information Specialist at the Yampa Ranger District of the Routt National Forest, said.

The Bear River Road is open as far as the Mandall Trailhead. Bear Lake Campground is not yet open, but the dispersed camping areas along the Bear River Road are open at no charge because there is no water or toilets. Chapman Reservoir Campground is open, but since there is no water, the cost is only $15 per night. Water will be available at these locations in about a week.

In the Gore Pass area, Blacktail and Lynx campgrounds are both open with water and toilets. The cost is $10 per night.

"We don't have trash cans out yet, so be prepared to pack out everything you pack in," said Duerksen. For more information about roads, trails and camping, call the Yampa Ranger District at 970-638-4516.

Duerksen said quite a few trails are open, but the trial crews have not cleared them, so hikers need to be careful as trees may have fallen across trails during the winter.

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