Most of Shasta-Trinity National Forest Open for Memorial Day Weekend

This is a press release from the U.S. Forest Service:

United States Forest Service USFSREDDING, Calif. − Visitors to the Shasta-Trinity National Forest will find most campgrounds and boat ramps open for the Memorial Day weekend. Lake levels at Shasta, Lewiston and Trinity Lakes are high, providing great boating and fishing opportunities.

“Memorial Day weekend is one of the busiest weekends on the forest and we encourage visitors to arrive early to find limited ‘first come, first served campsites’. All reservable sites are probably full, but visitors can check www.recreation.gov or call toll-free 877-444-6777 to make sure, or to make reservations for future trips,” said Public Affairs Specialist Joe Orosz.

To ensure that everyone has a safe and relaxing holiday weekend, please practice boating safety:

•Wear your life jacket and operate boats and personal watercraft at a safe speed.

•Maintain a proper lookout to avoid collisions with other boats and obstacles such as floating woody debris on the lakes.

•Never boat under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

The latest information on boat ramps, campgrounds, roads and trails is available on the forest website at www.fs.usda.gov/recmain/stnf/recreation.

Conditions are changing daily in the higher elevations of the forest, including the Mount Shasta and Trinity Alps Wilderness areas. “We urge hikers and other backcountry users to be prepared and carry a topographic map, compass and GPS and know how to use them. Please let someone know your plans and your back up plans. It is smart to have a back-up plan in case you encounter an unexpected hazards, such as a change in weather, a snow-covered trail that is hard to find, or a creek that is running too high to cross safely. And as always, call the nearest ranger station before you go. Stations are not open on weekends, so be sure to call during the week,” explained Orosz.

The Mt Shasta Ranger Station is modifying its hours during the upcoming summer season.  Ranger Station business hours will be Monday through Friday 8 a.m. till 4:30 p.m.  Mt Shasta Summit Passes are also available on weekends at the Fifth Season, 300 N. Mount Shasta Blvd in Mount Shasta.  For more information please call (530) 926-4511.

Wildlife is abundant across the forest and in many areas, especially in Trinity County, bears may begin to be active. It is recommended that visitors keep food, cooking utensils and ice chests properly stored when not in use.

Holiday weekends are a great time to remind everyone to be fire safe. The wet spring that we experienced in Northern California unfortunately did not make up for the overall snowpack and precipitation deficit this year. Recreational users are reminded that campfire permits are required for any campfire or cooking stove outside of a developed campground, as well as for boats touching the shoreline and utilizing outside barbecues. Free campfire permits can be obtained at any Forest Service, CAL FIRE or Bureau of Land Management office, as well as online at www.preventwildfireca.org.

The public should adhere to the following fire safety rules when constructing a campfire:

•Clear all flammable material away from the fire for a minimum of five feet in all directions to prevent escape of the fire.

•Have a shovel available at the campfire site for preparing and extinguishing campfires.

•Have a responsible person in attendance of the campfire at all times.

•Extinguish campfire with water, using the drown, stir and feel method.

For more information about the Shasta-Trinity National Forest, please visit www.fs.usda.gov/stnf.

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