Due to high fire danger, the Willamette National Forest has implemented Public Use Restrictions, limiting campfires, smoking, and generators to designated areas only, and prohibiting chainsaw use and welding.
The half-bridges along Forest Road #2209 into Jawbone Flats are closed for public safety. Visitors are directed to walk on the rock surface and stay off wooden structures.
According to the Opal Creek Ancient Forest Center, the Battle Ax Bridge in Jawbone Flats has collapsed and is not passable. Hikers can access Opal Pool, Battle Ax Creek Trail #3339 and Bull of the Woods Wilderness by taking the Kopetski-Opal Creek Trail #4187.
A transformer repair project at the Eugene Water & Electric Board’s Carmen powerhouse will close the primary access road to Trail Bridge Campground & Smith Reservoir beginning at noon on Sept. 15. The road closure is expected to last about 2 weeks.
During the repair project no vehicles will be allowed past the powerhouse.
A secondary access route to the campground, via Forest Service Road 655 to the Trail Bridge Bypass Road, will remain open only to high-clearance, four-wheel drive vehicles. The secondary roads to the campground and reservoir are not suited for passenger cars, motor homes or vehicles towing trailers or fifth wheels. Due to primitive condition of the roads, recreational vehicles and vehicles towing trailers are prohibited.