Wallowa Loop, forest campgrounds open for holiday weekend

May 27, 2005 12:00 am

Many Forest Service campgrounds in Northeastern Oregon — and one of the region's two scenic byways — will be open during Memorial Day weekend.

The Wallowa Mountain Loop, Forest Road 39, will be open between Pine Creek and Joseph, said Angelica Johnson, spokeswoman for the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest.

But the Elkhorn Drive byway, the 106-mile loop that starts and ends in Baker City, is still blocked by snowdrifts near Anthony Lakes, Johnson said.

The Elkhorn Drive is open to Granite and to the North Fork John Day River, and the Blue Mountain Byway to Ukiah is open as well.

The following campgrounds will be open during the holiday weekend (more information is available by calling 523-1205, 523-4476, or on the Internet at www.fs.fed.us/r6/w-w.

Near Baker City

Union Creek — the water supply, which had dwindled earlier this month, now is sufficient to run the entire campground

Southwest Shore

McCully Fork

Millers Lane

Still closed: Anthony Lake, Mud Lake, Grande Ronde Lake

Near Unity

Wetmore

Oregon

Yellow Pine

Stevens Creek

South Fork

Elk Creek

Near Halfway/Richland

Tamarack

Lake Fork

McBride

Eagle Forks

Still closed: Fish Lake

Near La Grande

Spool Cart

Birdtrack Springs

Still closed: Moss Springs, West Eagle Meadow, Two Color, North Fork Catherine Creek, Main Eagle/Boulder Park

Near Enterprise

Vigne

Coyote

Hurricane Creek

Williamson

Ollokot

Hidden

Indian Crossing

Coverdale

Blackhorse

Doughety Springs

Lick Creek

Still closed: Shady, Two Pan, Walla Walla, Irondyke, Turkey Flat, Arrow, Canyon, Saddle Creek, Buckhorn