IPNF looks to open campgrounds May 30

| May 12, 2020 1:00 AM

Idaho Panhandle National Forests staff is working hard to reopen developed campgrounds by the end of May, or as access conditions allow.

Additionally, effective Monday, May 11, the following day-use sites will be available for public access. Developed campgrounds and rental cabins remain temporarily closed.

Day use sites that became accessible Monday include:

Priest Lake Ranger District

• Kalispel day use site

• Kalispel boat launch

• Dickensheet information center

Bonners Ferry Ranger District

• Sinclair Lake fishing site

St. Joe Ranger District

• White Rock

• Mountain Springs

• Table Camp

“We are looking forward to opening these sites for public use and enjoyment. Camping and recreating on the Idaho Panhandle National Forests is an activity many individuals and families look forward to experiencing every summer,” said Jeanne Higgins, Idaho Panhandle National Forests Supervisor. “Please continue to follow local, state, and federal guidelines on staying safe while utilizing National Forest System lands and facilities.”

Those with existing cabin rental and lookout reservations through Recreation.gov will be notified via email and/or text message if there are any changes. Please be aware that rentals and lookouts will not be cleaned in between use. As in previous years, it is up to the individual renters to bring their own cleaning supplies, and to clean before and after use of the site.

Trails and trailheads remain open. Please remember to avoid congregating at trailheads and/or parking areas and refrain from gathering in groups of 10 or more.

IPNF officials reminded thoe using the sites to review current recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention along with local and state guidelines for social distancing and cloth face coverings.