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BLM-Alaska Announces Recreation Facility Status for Memorial Day Weekend 2013

As a result of unseasonably cold weather and spring snowstorms, the opening of many BLM visitor facilities will be delayed this year.  Following is a list of closures and expected conditions for the Memorial Day Weekend and contact information for updates in the days ahead.

Denali Highway

Tangle Lakes Campground – entrance blocked by snow.

Brushkana Creek Campground - open with limited services.  No drinking water. Campsites very wet.

(Contact: Glennallen Field Office, 907-822-3217)

Richardson Highway

Paxson Lake Campground - entrance blocked by snow.

Sourdough Creek Campground - open with limited services.  No drinking water. Campsites very wet.

Gulkana River at Sourdough - still frozen.  Visitors should stay clear of the boat launch area as flooding is expected during break-up.

(Contact: Glennallen Field Office, 907-822-3217)

White Mountains National Recreation Area and Steese Highway

Nome Creek Bridge – blocked by ice.  Visitor facilities along Nome Creek, including the Mt. Prindle and Ophir Creek campgrounds and the Quartz Creek Trail, are inaccessible as a result.  U.S. Creek Road is open as far as the bridge.

Cripple Creek Campground – open, but access road may be washed out in places due to recent flooding. 

Upper Birch Creek Wild and Scenic River remains frozen as of late last week.

(Contact: Fairbanks District Office, 907-474-2251)

Fortymile region and Taylor Highway

West Fork Campground – open with limited services.  No drinking water. Many access roads and campsites remain covered with snow.

Walker Fork Campground - open with limited services.  No drinking water. Many access roads and campsites remain covered with snow.  

Eagle Campground - open but no drinking water.

(Contact:  Fairbanks District Office, 907-474-2251)

Dalton Highway

The Arctic Interagency Visitor Center, Yukon Crossing Contact Station, campgrounds, and waysides - open.  

Galbraith Lake Campground – inaccessible due to lingering snow.

(Contact: Arctic Interagency Visitor Center, 907-678-5209)

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