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 This closure becomes effective on Monday, June 13, 2016 and will remain in effect until rescinded or revoked.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.
Pursuant to Title 36 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 261.50(b) the following acts are prohibited on designated portions of National Forest Service Roads and Trails, as shown on the attached map, within the Idaho Panhandle National Forests. These restrictions are in addition to those general prohibitions in Title 36 CFR, Part 261, Subpart A, become effective August 1, 2016, and will remain in effect until rescinded.
Being on the road. [Title 36 CFR 261.54(e)].
Prohibited to go into or be upon any area which is closed for the protection of Public Health and Safety. [Title 36 CFR 261.53(e)]
Being in the Brush Lake Campground located in T64N, R1E, Sections 21 and 22.
Being on or using Forest Service Road 2493 located in T64N, R1E, Sections 21 and 22.
Recommended Wilderness Areas and Research Natural Areas
This order is necessary for compliance with the Idaho Panhandle National Forests’ Land Management Plan- 2015 Revision. It provides for implementation of changes in management of four recommended wilderness areas (Mallard Larkins, Salmo-Priest, Scotchman Peaks and Selkirk) and 23 Research Natural Areas (RNAs). The order specifically addresses use of motor vehicles including over-snow vehicles, mechanized vehicles and motorized equipment. Pursuant to 36 CFR 261.50, the described acts (click here) are prohibited in recommended wilderness areas and Research Natural Areas administered by the Forest Service within the Idaho Panhandle National Forests.
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.