A flooding event has resulted in temporary emergency road closures on Forest Service Road (FSR) #314, Boulder Creek Road, at mile post 14 on the Bonners Ferry Ranger District to the Montana state line and on FSR #419, Lightning Creek Road, located on the Sandpoint Ranger District, between mile post 7.5 to the junction of FSR #275 at mile post 18.0.
These roads are temporarily closed for public safety as flooding has washed out large sections of these roads and significantly damaged some of the bridges.
The roads will remain closed until they are repaired. The Forest Service will be working to repair each of these sections as quickly as possible. A timeframe for repairs has not yet been identified and is dependent on road repair funding availability.
A new food storage order enacted in October 2011 requires food storage practices on the Bonners Ferry, Priest Lake, and portions of the Sandpoint Ranger District to reduce the potential for human-wildlife conflicts. For specific information on the new requirements please see the Idaho Panhandle’s Food Storage Web Page.
Being on or using Trail #268 within T62N, R2W Sections 17, 18, 19 and 20, and T62N, R3W Sections 13 and 24. [Title 36 CFR 261.55 (a)]
This closure is necessary for public safety due to road work and harvest activities that will occur on access routes to Trail # 268. This closure becomes effective on Monday, June 13, 2016 and will remain in effect until rescinded or revoked. The Two Mouth Lakes trailhead and the first 1.5 miles of road and trail are located on Hancock Forest Management property, on which logging activity and log trucks will be hauling. For more information, click here.
St. Maries, Idaho (June 7, 2016): The Emerald Creek Garnet Area, located on the St. Joe Ranger District, will only be open on Tuesday, June 28, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The early closure at noon is for administrative purposes. The site will reopen on the regular schedule starting Friday, July 1, 2016.
Every Friday starting in the spring and continuing through the Fourth of July we post the status of selected roads. We recommend that you check here and/or contact the appropriate Forest Service office before venturing into the woods.