National Forest and BLM campgrounds
September 28, 2006
Here’s an update on the status of the developed campgrounds on the Bridger-Teton National Forest and Bureau of Land Management lands in the Pinedale and Big Piney area.
All of the campgrounds have been officially shut down as far as services go, so none have water or garbage services. The public can still go in and use them, but you need to bring your own drinking water and haul out your own garbage. Because there are no services, there also are no fees charged to stay at the campgrounds.
The campgrounds are open to use year-round, but access depends on weather conditions. Typically snow closes vehicle access anytime in October, depending on when the winter storms arrive. Once there is sufficient snowpack, these areas again become accessible via snowmobile.
National Forest campgrounds still accessible include Green River Lakes, New Fork Lakes, Whiskey Grove, Willow Lake, Fremont Lake, Trails End, Half Moon Lake, Boulder Lake, Big Sandy, Sacajawea and Middle Piney Creek campgrounds. BLM campgrounds include the Upper Green River access, New Fork River campground, Boulder Lake and Stokes Crossing. Scab Creek campground is also open, but campers should use caution due to a timber sale in the area.
The BLM’s Warren Bridge Campground on Hwy 191 north of Pinedale at the Green River crossing is now completely closed and gated shut for the winter.
Fire restrictions have been lifted on BLM, National Forest and State lands, so campfires are allowed even in dispersed camp spots. Forest users are asked to be careful with any fires they build, never leave a campfire unattended, and to make sure they are completely out before leaving your campsite. Conditions are still pretty dry in the forest and the potential is still there for more wildfires.
Campers, hunters and forest users in the Big Piney Ranger District area are also urged to use caution on back-country roads around the Wyoming Range. There is a lot of oil and gas activity traffic going on with large trucks and seismic crews working the area. Many of the roads are quite narrow with limited sight distance. Drivers are urged to use caution on corners and to pull completely off the road if they want to stop their vehicle to watch something off the road. Please do not stop in the middle of the road or in places where other vehicles cannot easily see you or will not be able to get past your vehicle.
People using ATVs are reminded that they must stay on designated roads and trails. Maps, regulations and licensing requirements are in brochures available at Forest Service and the BLM offices, as well as from the Sublette County Visitor's Center. Drivers are asked to not drive on muddy roads if their vehicles will cause ruts and resource damage.