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The abundance of snow still present in much of the Southern Rockies could mean the closure of several popular campgrounds and off-road trails for the Victoria Day weekend.
Of the 19 forest land use zones in Alberta, six are currently being assessed in the Southern Rockies to determine whether they will be able to remain open for the popular camping weekend.
Alberta Sustainable Resource Development spokesperson Kathy Kiel said conditions in the Ghost, McLean, Willow, Castle, Dormer-Sheep, and Kiska-Willson FLUZs are currently being monitored.
“We are concerned about wet conditions due to the heavy snowfall the Southern Rockies have received this winter,” said Kiel. “Right now we’re still assessing the current conditions to determine whether to restrict activity in some of the forest land use zones.”
She noted that spring thaw was delayed until mid May this year, causing the ground to be very soft and susceptible to damage.
Kiel said off-highway vehicle users are urged to stay out of backcountry trail areas in order to prevent damage to the land such as rutting from tires, and sediments falling into fish bearing streams which are critical habitat for cutthroat trout, and to decrease the possibility of impacting forest health.
Alberta Tourism, Parks and Recreation announced on Friday, May 13th that, weather permitting, provincial campgrounds at Beauvais Lake, Park Lake, St. Mary Reservoir, Dutch Creek, Racehorse, Lundbreck Falls, Oldman Dam, Island Lake, Maycroft, Police Outpost, Wyndham-Carseland, Payne Reservoir, Lake McGregor, Little Bow Provincial Park, and Chain Lakes will be open for the long weekend.
Unfortunately, with snowpack ranging from two to four feet in some areas, campgrounds at Beaver Mines, Chinook Lake, Lynx Creek, Sandy McNabb, and Spray Lakes West will remain closed.
Visit www.srd.alberta.ca, the “Respect the Land in Alberta” Facebook page, or call 310-0000 and then dial 403-476-4864 for updates on conditions in the Southern Rockies.
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