Following is the Missoula Area National Forest/Bureau of Land Management weekly recreation update as compiled by the Missoula Ranger District:
Check out the Lolo National Forest homepage at www.fs.fed.us/r1/lolo
LOLO NATIONAL FOREST
Missoula Ranger District, (406) 329-3814: Rock Creek campgrounds are now open with full services and a $5/night fee. The Lolo Creek Campground (formerly known as the Lewis and Clark Campground) is also open with full services with a $10/night fee. Personal Use Mushroom permits can be acquired at the Missoula Ranger District office Monday-Friday, 7:30-4:30.
Seeley Lake Ranger District, (406) 677-2233: Spring has sprung! The Morrell Falls and North Fork Blackfoot Trailheads are not accessible to vehicles. Higher elevation roads continue to be closed to wheeled traffic due to snow and soft roadbed conditions. Loons have returned to the valley and are selecting nesting sights! Clearwater Canoe Trail is open. Big Larch and Lake Alva Campgrounds and boat launches are open; no water or garbage service; no fees. PACK IT IN/PACK IT OUT.
Ninemile Ranger District, (406) 626-5201: Please exercise caution on the Ninemile and Foothills roads due to high vehicle traffic. A prescribed burn west of Kreis Pond will be active throughout the weekend, expect smokey conditions, use of the bike trail is not recommended due to proximity to the burn. Personal Use mushroom permits can be acquired at the Ninemile Ranger Station Monday-Friday, 8-4:3-. For more information on road and trail conditions please contact the Ninemile Ranger District.
Superior Ranger District, (406) 822-4233: Reservations for both the Up Up 40 and Thompson Peak Lookouts are filling up, so get yours today for this summer's adventure! Snow levels are receding but travel over Hoodoo Pass (Road #250) and the Little Joe (Road #282) is still impassable. Hiwawatha (Old Milwaukee grade) and Norpac have on going fiber optic construction, please us caution. The River Trail in St. Regis is now open.
Plains/Thompson Falls Ranger District, (406) 826-3821: Cascade Campground on Highway 135 and both Clark Memorial and Cooper King Campgrounds on Thompson River will be open for the season on May 25. The Thompson River Road is plowed from Highway 200 to Highway 2. Prospect Creek Road is open from Highway 200 into Idaho. The Bend Ranger Station cabin rental facility is available for reservations.
SMOKEJUMPERS VISITOR CENTER, Aerial Fire Depot (406) 329-4934:
The Smokejumpers Visitors Center is closed for the season. Call to schedule group tours.
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT:
Missoula Field Office: (406) 329-3914: Spring snow conditions exist on the Garnet Mountains. While there is still over two feet of snow in Garnet Ghost Town, winter trail users should expect the snow to be soft on warm afternoons. In addition, some bare patches exist on trails in the lower elevations. Visitors to Garnet should not expect to be able to reach the ghost town by wheeled vehicles until mid-May. There are still several dates open for the cabin rentals in Garnet, for more information call 329-1031.
LOLO PASS VISITOR CENTER, Lochsa Ranger District, Powell Office: (208) 942-3113: Lolo Pass Visitor Center and warming hut are closed for the season. The trails are still open and all restrictions have been lifted. Parking passes are not required at this time.
BITTERROOT NATIONAL FOREST, Hamilton (406) 363-7100; Stevensville (406) 777-5461; Darby (406) 821-3913; Sula (406) 821-3201; West Fork (406) 821-3269: Recreation web site: www.fs.fed.us/r1/bitterroot. Summer cabin rentals are available. The Darby Historical Visitor Center is open Monday-Saturday, 8:30-4:30 p.m. and Sunday from 12:30-4:30 p.m. Recreational use mushroom permits are available at all districts; however, commercial mushroom permits are only available from the Darby Ranger District. The Magruder Corridor road to Elk City is still closed, as is Highway 38 (the Skalkaho Highway). Most campgrounds open, but without services at this time (call districts for specific details.) Please leave your favorite recreation area clean and do not litter!