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Storms from the past weekend did so much damage to the Potwisha Campground the National Park Service has temporarily closed it. The campground is accessible from the Highway 198 entrance to Sequoia/Kings Canyon national parks in Three Rivers.

High winds and rain uprooted some trees, flooded some areas and left debris strewn about the campground area.

Potwisha Campground

Potwisha Campground is located 4 miles (6.5 km) from the Sequoia National Park entrance. Situated on the Middle Fork of the Kaweah River under an open stand of oaks, the campground is hot in the summer and snow free in the winter.


The park service closed the campground earlier this week. There was no word on when the campground would reopen.

Park staff members are working to reopen on 3/30 at 12 noon at noon to be ready for weekend camping.

Anyone interested in camping at Potwisha Campground should check ahead first by calling 565-3341 or visiting the website at www.nps.gov/seki/planyourvisit/campgrounds.htm to confirm if sites are available before they arrive.

A limited number of other campgrounds are also available in the Sequoia/Kings Canyon.

The region received as much as two inches of rain in some places, gusting winds and hail as multiple storms moved through the area last weekend. Thehe damage at Potwisha includes limbs broken off trees and campsites sitting under water.

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A proposed closing of COE campgrounds and campsites is a sign of tough economic times.

Almost all federal agencies have taken a hit and that includes the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

The Little Rock Arkansas District of the Corps operates 178 public parks and access areas — and a number of the sites in those parks, will be closing this year.

It’s part of tightening the belt on the federal level.

The Little Rock District of the U-S Army Corps of engineers announced 29 parks will face some sort of a reduction and that includes closing 248 camping sites out of the 1,227 sites available at Greers Ferry Lake.

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Violent windstorms in March knocked down nearly 150 trees, leaving picnic tables snapped in half, logs blocking service roads and debris scattered around four of Oregon’s Middle Fork Ranger District popular campgrounds. Because of safety concerns, the four campgrounds, which typically open by early May, will be closed at least until Memorial Day weekend in late May.

The affected campgrounds are Black Canyon near Westfir on Highway 58, and Broken Bowl, Bedrock and Puma, all east of Fall Creek Lake off Forest Service Road 18.

The closures include access to bathrooms, boat ramps and camping sites. Every effort is being made to open these campgrounds by Memorial Day weekend.

“Safety of the public is our first concern,” Forest Service spokeswoman Katie Isacksen said. “We realize these are highly popular areas for camping, but we need people to understand there are just too many hazards at this point.”

Isacksen said crews have begun surveying the damage and are expected to remove trees in the affected campgrounds in the next week or two. Crews have already started removing trees blocking roadways, she said.

Rangers are suggesting that campers don’t abandon the area this spring but instead consider other campgrounds that weren’t affected by the March storms, including Dolly Varden and Big Pool east of Fall Creek Lake.

To clean up the affected campgrounds, and to pay for the damages and the cleanup crews, the district will conduct two salvage sales where interested parties can buy fallen timber. Isacksen estimated that more than 200,000 board feet will be available.

Firewood permits for the salvage areas will not be issued until after the campgrounds are restored. Residents looking for firewood are advised to call the Middle Fork Ranger District for more information; interested campers can check the status and cleanup process at the Willamette National Forest website.

 

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