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Upper Lake Ranger District Reopens OHV Trails and Deer Valley Campground After Storm Damage Repairs

The Mendocino National Forest officials have announced the reopening of off-highway vehicle (OHV) trails and Deer Valley Campground in the Upper Lake Ranger District following extensive storm damage repairs carried out by agency and volunteer crews. The closure order was lifted effective at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, May 16.

As per a report, winter storms caused significant damage to the trails, prompting repairs by both agency and volunteer crews. Despite their efforts, fire-killed and fire-injured trees may continue to fall, and officials advise riders to be prepared and exercise caution while using the trails.

Road access throughout the forest remains limited due to storm damage. Temporary fixes have been implemented for emergency vehicles, but the general public still faces restricted access. 

According to Upper Lake District Ranger Frank Aebly, last week, Lake County Department of Public Works crews completed temporary repairs to Elk Mountain Road (County Road 301) to provide quicker response time for first responders in the event of an incident.

“This temporary fix is for emergency vehicles only. To access the OHV trail system or Deer Valley Campground, the public will need to take the longer alternate route via Potter Valley (Mendocino County Rd 240 / Lake County Rd 301). The gate above Middle Creek Campground will remain closed and locked,” Aebly said. 

Another option for public access to Deer Valley Campground and the trail system is via Forest Roads 16N01 and 16N30 out of Sam Alley. However, these roads are narrow in many places and only drivable with a high-clearance, four-wheel-drive vehicle. Officials advise against hauling trailers up these roads.

A timeframe for the permanent repair to Elk Mountain Road is not yet available. Forest officials urge the public to obey all posted signs and never drive around barriers or locked gates for their safety.

The outdoor recreation industry will likely see increased interest and activity in the Mendocino National Forest as a result of the reopening. This is particularly important for local businesses that rely on tourism and outdoor enthusiasts, such as campgrounds, RV parks, and equipment rental companies.

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Uri Woods
Uri Woods
February 21, 2024 5:32 am

Isn’t it wonderful news that the OHV trails and Deer Valley Campground in the Upper Lake Ranger District have reopened after storm damage repairs? It’s important for visitors to stay attentive due to potential hazards from falling trees. Despite the challenges, the opportunity to explore these areas is truly thrilling.

Erin Shade
Erin Shade
March 17, 2024 5:04 pm

I stumbled upon some cool news about the OHV trails and Deer Valley Campground reopening in the Upper Lake Ranger District. It’s neat that visitors are advised to keep an eye out for any new safety guidelines or trail conditions. Let’s stay informed and enjoy the great outdoors responsibly!


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