Less than ten miles of intermittant groomed snowmobile routes on the Seeley Lake Ranger District will be closed to weekday snowmobile use beginning Monday, Jan. 5 to separate public recreation traffic from heavy log tuck traffic that will begin operating in the area. The work is associated with the Horseshoe West project.
To maximize recreation opportunities for the public the closure will not be in effect on the weekends, on holidays or after 6 p.m. during weekdays.
The intent of the Horseshoe West project is to reduce hazardous fuels in the Wildland Urban Interface, restore forest structural diversity through thinning and increase ecosystem diversity and resiliency. The project is also intended to improve habitat for big game and other species dependent on drier, low elevation forests in low to mixed severity fire regimes.
The main route impacted by the closure is Forest Service (FS) Road 46942 (Spring Creek Road) between Highway 83 and and its junction with FS Road 56114. In addition, Forest Service (FS) Road 56138 (Double Arrow Cutoff) from its junction with FS Road 46942 and the Double Arrow Subdivision will be closed.
The Seeley Lake area has approximately 300 miles of groomed snowmobile routes, as well as other available routes that remain ungroomed. The closure is expected to be in place for approximately two months to allow the work to be completed. The groomed trail system on National Forest lands on the Seeley Lake District is maintained under a partnership between the Lolo National Forest and the Seeley Lake Driftriders (http://www.driftriders.org) and MT Fish, Wildlife and Parks. Maps of available snowmobile routes and trails in the area can be found at various Seeley Lake businesses.
For additional information or questions please contact Sandy Mack at (406) 677-3905.