Fremont-Winema National Forest Urges The Public To Refrain From Driving On Wet, Muddy Forest Roads

Contact(s): Erica Hupp (541) 883-6715; Lisa Swinney (541) 947-6261

Lakeview, Oregon – To ensure public safety and prevent damage to unpaved roads, the Fremont-Winema National Forest urges the public, including hunters, woodcutters and Christmas tree seekers, to refrain from driving on soft, muddy, unsurfaced Forest Service Roads.

“The wet weather south central Oregon is experiencing has made unpaved Forest Service roads highly susceptible to surface damage,” said Dennis Scott, Recreation, Engineering, Archaeology, Lands & Minerals (REALM) Staff Officer. “The Forest’s roads can become damaged or erode when driven on during wet and saturated conditions.”

Proper and responsible use of vehicles on Forest roads is important to ensure roads remain in good shape for all visitors. Causing damage to roads and other Forest resources can be a violation of federal regulations, which could carry a fine up to $5,000 and/or six months in jail.

Forest users should always use defensive driving techniques while on Forest roads. This includes adjusting speed to current weather and road conditions. Also, stay alert for the unexpected hazards, including other vehicles, livestock, as well as rocks, fallen trees and road washouts. 

Additionally, visitors need to make sure they have a free Fremont-Winema National Forest’s Motor Vehicle Use Map (MVUM) that is available at all local Service Forest offices and Web site:

Only those Forest Service roads and motorized trails shown on the MVUM are available for motor vehicle use.MVUM maps are designed to be used in conjunction with the Fremont-Winema recreation maps.

For more information about road conditions, obtaining a MVUM, and how to suggest revisions to the MVUM or to report resource damage, please contact any Fremont-Winema National Forest office.