Road and lake conditions update
NEWS RELEASEU.S. Forest Service ● Shasta-Trinity National ForestShasta-Trinity National Recreation Area 14225 Holiday Road, Redding, CA 96003 ● Voice (530) 275-1587 ● Web: www.fs.usda.gov/stnf . more
Heavy rain and strong winds that passed through the Shasta-Trinity National Forest over the past few weeks have led to potentially hazardous road and lake conditions. Motorists and boaters visiting the forest and Shasta Lake should be aware of these conditions and exercise caution when entering storm impacted areas.
Boaters on Shasta Lake should be aware of large amounts of debris throughout the lake due to extraordinarily high runoff from the recent storms. Primary areas of concern are on the Squaw Creek Arm and the McCloud Arm of Shasta Lake. 900 foot booms have been installed in both areas, one just above Monday Flat on the Squaw Creek Arm and the other near Dekkas Rock on the McCloud Arm, to help prevent more widespread impacts. While these booms cannot prevent all debris from escaping containment, they are serving as barriers to prevent large amounts of debris from entering Shasta Lake, which could affect boating considerably. The booms limit access to the upper reaches of these two arms. There are currently an estimated 70 surface acres of debris ranging from bark sized pieces, to tree stumps, to 80 foot logs. Each boom is marked with two lighted sign floats and multiple reflective obstacle markers. Additionally, 5 mile per hour buoys have been placed downstream as a pre-warning.
There is also debris in the main area of Shasta Lake, including the Sacramento Arm. Boaters should watch for debris throughout the lake. Be aware that debris might be waterlogged and therefore resting just under the water's surface out of plain site. Additionally, due to wind patterns, boaters utilizing ramps at Antlers and Centimudi should be aware of periodic impacts of these areas with debris.
On Nov. 29, 2012, portions of the Bagley Fire Area were closed to the public. These closures remain in effect and will most likely continue for the foreseeable future. Engineers will evaluate these Forest System Roads in the coming months to determine how and when repairs might be accomplished.
Forest Service officials are monitoring all storm impacts and forming plans for how to restore areas to pre-storm conditions. However, with the knowledge that more rains will saturate these areas in the coming months, most restoration plans will not go into effect until the spring.