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BLM to repair roads to Pine Forest Mountain Range
by Tribune Staff
Jul 16, 2011 | 679 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print

WINNEMUCCA — The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Winnemucca District will begin repairs within the next two weeks on damage to roads and/or camping areas in the vicinity of Knott Creek Reservoir and Onion Valley Reservoir as well as to Blue Lakes.

Severe washouts to the roads in this area of the Pine Forest Range from the unusually wet spring and vehicle traffic caused the damage. The repairs are needed in order to avoid further deterioration.

“The BLM is repairing the roads in this area because this area has high recreational use and is a prime fishing area,” said Humboldt River Field Manager Mike Truden.

“While the fishing at Knott Creek Reservoir, Onion Valley Reservoir, and Blue Lakes has been good, anyone attempting to access these mountain waters should be cautious of the roads and be aware of the potentially hazardous conditions they can present,” said Nevada Department of Wildlife Fisheries Biologist Travis Hawks.

“We realize the recreational values associated with this portion of the Pine Forest Range and with the wet winter and spring, along with cooler temperatures, “normal” access has been delayed to the areas,” said BLM District Manager Gene Seidlitz. “The opportunity for an outstanding recreational experience still exists, but the public land users are encouraged to be prepared and be aware of road conditions. The BLM’s repair efforts are needed to ensure this area is safely accessible and that further damage to the natural resources is limited.”

Cove Creek Road: Vehicular access from Pearl Camp Road to Knott Creek Reservoir is good via Cove Creek Road.  Access around the east shore line of Knott Creek Reservoir is nonexistent due to the high water level of the reservoir. Access to Onion Valley Reservoir and Blue Lakes via this route is not open.

Alta Creek Road:

From SR 140 to Onion Valley Reservoir via the Alta Creek Road vehicular access is limited to 4- wheel-drive vehicles without towing trailers. Campers, trailers, and motorhomes are discouraged via this road. The majority of the road damage is due to high run-off, causing deep ruts and holes.  

Sand Basin Road:

From SR 140 to the Knott Creek Ranch Road (County) is the best alternative to gain access to the Onion Valley and Knott Creek reservoirs. The road is well graveled and some blade work will occur to smooth out the ruts and washboards. At this time, this road may be passable with trailers and campers, but it is discouraged.

Blue Lakes Road:

From Onion Valley Reservoir to Blue Lakes, the access is limited to all-terrain vehicles/utility terrain vehicles due to severe damage and washouts. This road will be repaired for 4-wheel-drive access.

For further information, contact Allison Christensen at 775-623-1500.
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