Conasauga Ranger District, Ball Field Dispersed Camping Area, Barnes Creek Picnic Area, Bear Creek Trail, Cohutta Overlook, Cohutta Wilderness Trailheads, Hickey Gap Campground, Jacks River Fields Campground, John's Mountain Overlook, Lake Conasauga, Lake Conasauga Overflow Campground, Lake Conasauga Picnic and Swim Site, Mill Creek Overlook, Peeples Lake, Rock Creek ORV Trail, The Pocket Recreation Area, The Pocket Recreation Area Family Picnic Area, The Pocket Recreation Area Group Picnic Shelter
Date(s): Dec 26, 2015
Major storms significantly damaged several roads on the Conasauga Ranger District this past December with numerous landslides and sinkholes along roadways. These roads will continue to be temporarily closed beyond March 4 when most seasonally closed roads would have normally reopened.
USFS crews have been working hard to remove fallen trees, clear out and replace culverts, and grade and add gravel so that some roads could reopen — making them safe for travellers and minimizing further resource damage. The cost to repair the road damage is estimated at nearly $5 million. USFS is working with FHWA to secure funding.
Blue Ridge Ranger District at (706) 745-6928
Due to an issue with the water control structure, water levels in Lake Winfield Scott are down approximately 2 feet from full pool. As a result, the boat ramp is closed. However, the lake remains open to fishing. We are working to correct the problem and hope to have it fixed as soon as possible.
FSR 17 (West Cowpen Road) will be closed north from the intersection with FSR 630 (Mill Creek Road) beginning Monday, April 25 for the next few weeks. This temporary closure is for public safety as large trucks and heavy equipment will be on the roadway for forest management and road maintenance activities. The road will reopen once work is completed. This closure may impact access to the northern terminus of the Conasauga River Trail and day-use fishing at Murrays Lake.
Location: Approximately 9 miles NW of Clarkesville, Ga
Yesterday: Firefighters responded to a human caused wildfire burning in the Oakey Mountain area approximately 9 miles northwest of Clarkesville, Ga and east of Highway 197.
Today: Fire managers will continue to monitor and patrol existing fire containment lines. Additionally, firefighters will begin mop-up work to seek and destroy any remaining hot-spots near the fireline. Interior pockets of heavier forest woody material may continue to smolder throughout the day.
This will be the final update for the Oakey Mountain Fire unless there are significant developments.
Check current weather around the forest and view our webcams on Brasstown Bald. Get information about special alerts from the National Weather Service, fire, drought, and real-time surface water flows in Georgia.
View maps as introduced and subject to change entitled “Priority Land Adjustments, State of Georgia, U.S. Forest Service—Southern Region, Oconee and Chattahoochee National Forests, U.S. Congressional Districts—8, 9, 10 & 14” dated September 24, 2013, that are part of 114th Congress, H.R. 470 “Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest Land Adjustment Act of 2015.”