Record snowpack on the Bridger-Teton National Forest combined with warm temperatures has streams and rivers running very high. High waters are expected to last well into June.
Forest Service officials are asking recreationists to “be aware of potential flooding and impassable roads.”
“Roads can become impassable due to wet and muddy conditions, washouts, debris or flooding,” said Angelica Cach, public affairs specialist for the Bridger-Teton National Forest. “Don’t risk getting a vehicle stuck on a Forest road where you could be stranded. Wet road surfaces are easily damaged creating poor road conditions that may not be able to be repaired this year. Additionally, soft road edges can give way causing a serious accident.”
Bridger-Teton National Forest officials advised following these safety tips when recreating on the national forest:
• Watch children and pets at all times, keeping them away from fast-moving streams and rivers.
• Avoid crossing streams and rivers.
• Avoid unstable stream banks.
• Avoid walking on iced covered lakes.
“The lingering snow and high water is creating some temporary closures and delayed openings of [some] campgrounds,” Cacho said. “Conditions are rapidly changing so please visit www.fs.usda.gov/main/btnf or call the Forest Service to get the latest information.