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Recreation alert: Road closures on eastern slope of Cascades may affect travel plans Memorial Day weekend 
 


MEDIA ADVISORY
                                                                                                         
May 25, 2011

Recreation alert: Road closures on eastern slope of Cascades may affect travel plans Memorial Day weekend

OLYMPIA – The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) wants the public to know about some road closures that might affect travel plans and access to DNR-managed lands in Kittitas and Yakima counties. Heavy rains in the past few weeks, combined with runoff from snowmelt, have damaged or destroyed a handful of access roads.

The following is a list of closures to roads that access DNR-managed lands. Other roads—particularly in higher elevations—may be washed out and not reported here. DNR is asking the public to report any road problems by calling 509-925-8510. Provide a description of the damage and where the problem is located. If possible, please provide GPS coordinates.

Kittitas County

Naneum Ridge State Forest access roads

  • Pearson Creek Road is closed beginning three miles north of Walter’s Flat in the Naneum Creek drainage.
  • Cooke Canyon Road is closed due to a county bridge washout.
  • Ingersoll Road is closed just below the Washington State University Research Center.

Colockum Wildlife Area

  • Tarpiscan Road, in the northeast portion of Kittitas County, is partially washed out.

LT Murray Wildlife Area access roads

  • Manastash Creek Road is closed.
  • Taneum Road is closed.

Yakima County

  • Little Rattlesnake Creek, off Highway 410 outside of Naches is closed 5.1 miles from Bethel Ridge Road. This road accesses DNR-managed land on the backside of the Oak Creek Wildlife Area.

Note: None of the above road closures affect any of DNR’s managed recreation areas. These closures affect access to public lands for dispersed recreation activities such as camping, hiking, birding, wildflower viewing, off-road riding, and hunting.

Media Contact: Toni Droscher, Recreation Program Communications Manager, 360-902-1523 or toni.droscher@dnr.wa.gov

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