Forest Service Closing area adjacent to Whychus Creek to Overnight Camping

Release Date: Apr 10, 2017  

Forest Service Closing area adjacent to Whychus Creek to Overnight Camping

Temporary closure to be in place for two years; Day-use remains open

 

SISTERS – Beginning late next week, the Sisters Ranger District will close an area to overnight camping adjacent to  Whychus Creek and in close proximity to the City of Sisters. All day-use in the area will remain open.

The temporary closure will begin on April 30, 2017 and end on April 29, 2019. The impetus for the closure order is ongoing user conflicts that are leading to public health and safety issues. Long-term illegal camping in the area has led to chronic law enforcement, trash and sanitation problems.

The temporary closure will allow the Forest Service time to assess a more permanent closure of overnight camping in the area. In general the overnight camping closure applies to Section 17, Township 15, South; Range 10 East, which is west of Forest Road 16 (please refer to attached closure order and map for more detail).

For more information about the closure, please contact Sarah Baughman, Acting Recreation Team Lead, at the Sisters Ranger District, 541-549-7730 or sbaughman@fs.fed.us.