Lake Chinnabee Recreation Area Remains Closed as Forest Service Evaluates Damage

Release Date: May 22, 2013  

Contact(s): Gloria Nielsen


(Montgomery, AL) May 22, 2013---- The U.S. Forest Service has issued a closure order for Lake Chinnabee Recreation Area in the Talladega National Forest, Talladega District to assess damages after heavy rain flooded the area on May 18.  According to acting Forest Supervisor Eddie Taylor, safety concerns for forest visitors prompted the Forest Service to temporarily close Lake Chinnabee’s campground and day use facilities, Forest Service Road 646 that provides access to the area and Lake Shore, Silent and Skyway Trails until September 30, 2013. 

 “The safety of our forest visitors is always a priority,” said Gloria Nielsen, district ranger for Talladega National Forest – Talladega District.  “We’re asking the public to be patient as we clear the area, evaluate resource damage and conduct repairs,” said Nielsen.  Visitors can enjoy other Forest Service camping sites and trails throughout the Talladega, Bankhead, Conecuh and Tuskegee National Forests. Cheaha State Park is also in close proximity to Lake Chinnabee Recreation Area.  

When visiting a forest, always be alert for heavy rains and sudden changes in the weather, especially at night.  Weather events, such as flash floods can occur with little or no warning. Many occur after dark when it is difficult to assess the severity of the conditions.

 Please check “Know Before You Go” for updates on recreation site closures and safety alerts on the Forest Service website at www.fs.usda.gov/alabama.