Pinedale Ranger District transitions to Fall camping operations
by Bridger-Teton National Forest
October 15, 2015
The Pinedale Ranger District of the Bridger-Teton National Forest has prepared campgrounds for the fall season. As with other seasonal public services around the Forest, outhouse cleaning, garbage removal and water will no longer be provided until next spring. Forest visitors may still utilize most campground areas free of charge. Picnic tables, safe fire grills, level parking areas, graveled campground roads and vaulted toilets continue to provide visitor comfort and safety while protecting natural resources, making fall campground use a great option for many visitors.
Water will not be available in most areas and visitors are reminded to bring their own water. Visitors are also reminded that trash dumped inside the facilities vaults is difficult and expensive to remove. Recreationist can help the Forest maintain these sites open for the fall by ensuring that all waste has been properly disposed. Use the "Leave No Trace" principles to enjoy the outdoors responsibly and to ensure its natural condition for future visitors.
For those heading out to the Green River Lakes or Whiskey Grove Campgrounds, visitors are encouraged to utilize the new bear boxes installed in each campsite for their safety and those of others. Remember that all attractants including grills, dog food, and personal hygiene items such as toothpaste, need to be placed in a hard sided vehicle or in bear boxes.
As hunting season continues, hunters are reminded that game animals once transported off-Forest, cannot be disposed of by returning the carcasses to the Forest. Dumping carcasses along any roadsides, convenient pull-outs, or at trailheads, could potentially invite bears or other animals to areas that are heavily used by recreationists, setting the stage for potential adverse wildlife interactions based on the easily available food.
Campfires are allowed on Forest lands but must be completely out and cold to the touch before visitors leave the recreational area. Proper preparation by including water, bucket, and shovel, can facilitate the process of putting out campfires.
For more information about recreation opportunities in the Forest, visit www.fs.usda.gov/btnf.