Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest Closes Campgrounds
Rogue Recreation Incorporated, the private contractor operating Union Creek, Farewell Bend, and Fish Lake campgrounds were informed Tuesday by the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest representatives that the campgrounds would have to close because of the government shutdown, leaving campers 48 hours to evacuate.
The vice president of Rogue Recreation was previously told it could remain open during the shutdown because they were run by a private contractor instead of federal employees. No reason was given from the Forest Service why the company was allowed to operate during the first week of the shutdown.
Other concessionaires operating under contract with federal agencies remained open Tuesday including Howard Prairie Resort, which is run by Jackson County under an agreement with the Federal Bureau of Reclamation.
The closure comes four days before the start of the Cascade general bull-elk rifle season, which normally brings hundreds of hunters to the area.