Not all federal recreation facilities reopen
October 23, 2013
Not all federal recreational facilities reopened after the deal that ended the government shutdown last week.
Indian Creek Campground is closed for the season, according to the Bureau of Land Management. Adjacent to Indian Creek Reservoir in Alpine County, the campground typically closes around Oct. 12. It's expected to reopen on May 4.
The campground closed Oct. 1 with the rest of federal facilities.
The U.S. Forest Service focused on opening Lake Tahoe attractions that would be open this time of year, but left several closed.
Most Forest Service facilities in the Lake Tahoe Basin normally close by the end of October. Sites that normally close in mid-October, such Pope, Baldwin and Nevada beaches and Fallen Leaf, Meeks, William Kent and Kaspian campgrounds, will remain closed, according to the Forest Service.
The priority will be opening day-use recreation sites for the remainder of the season as soon as forest service staff can clean them and determine that they are safe for public use. This includes sites such as Eagle Falls, Glen Alpine and Big Meadow trailheads, the Sand Pit, Sawmill Pond, Echo Lakes, Logan Shoals Vista and Secret Harbor and Chimney beaches.
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The Taylor Creek Visitor Center parking lot and restrooms will open to serve visitors using nearby beaches or the trails, but the visitor center and the stream profile chamber will remain closed for the season. Watson Lake and Blackwood Canyon campgrounds will open, but Luther Pass Campground will remain closed. Camping continues to be available at Zephyr Cove and Camp Richardson.
Inspiration Point will open through mid-November.
The BLM announced Monday that Sand Mountain Recreation Area is open in time for the third annual lighted Halloween parade for off-highway vehicles on Saturday evening.
Two classes of vehicles all-terrain vehicle and utility-terrain vehicles, and trucks-buggies will compete in various events on the dunes. Prizes will be awarded to winners of each event.
Sand Mountain annual and weekly passes may be purchased at BLM offices in Carson City, at 5665 Morgan Mill Road, and in Reno, at 1340 Financial Blvd. Passes can also be purchased at the area, or by phone at 775-885-6000.
The Nevada Outdoor School will be at Sand Mountain 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday to provide ATV Rider Safety certification and "Tread Lightly" course information. Anyone interested in these courses should look for the Nevada Outdoor School booth in Vendor Row to sign up or obtain additional information. The classes are geared toward riders between the ages of 6-15 years.
Nevada State OHV or other valid state OHV registration is required on public lands by the State of Nevada for all OHVs. Information regarding the Nevada OHV registration can be found at http://nvohv.com/registration/.
Yosemite National Park reopened the night of the budget deal, with public areas and roads immediately open, according to the park's website.
"We are excited to reopen and welcome visitors back to Yosemite," stated park superintendent Don Neubacher. "Autumn is a particularly special season to enjoy Yosemite's colorful grandeur."
Major highways and roads leading into and through Yosemite National Park, including the Glacier Point and Mariposa Grove roads, are open to vehicles.
Park visitor centers and campgrounds are open, as are ranger-led programs.
Visitors are urged to consult the Yosemite Guide for a list of programs at the parks website, at http://www.nps.gov/yose.
Delaware North Parks & Resorts at Yosemite, Inc., the park's primary concessioner, has also reopened, along with the Ansel Adams Gallery, located in Yosemite Village.
The Mono Basin National Forest Scenic Area Visitor Center located north of Lee Vining phone message reports that it is open. The center was closed Oct. 1 due to the shutdown.