August 13, 2014 in Letters, Opinion

Keep campground open

 

In 1969, our government came to the citizens of Idaho and requested our cooperation in damming up the North Fork of the Clearwater River.

We were told that Dworshak Dam would be built for recreation, flood control and hydroelectric power. In return for our cooperation, the government would use our taxpayer dollars to purchase an additional 10,338 acres of general access recreation land around the new reservoir to be used by the public for recreational access.

When Dworshak Reservoir opened, Magnus Bay campground No. 26 was designated an RV-accessible campground with a large pit toilet, two primitive boat launches and several RV camping sites. With the new master plan, the Corp of Engineers has gated the road that accesses this campground.

For nearly 30 years, we accessed the east shoreline across the General Access Recreation land via former Clearwater County and U.S. Forest Service roads.

I suggest we request the Corps reopen motorized access to Magnus Bay and the east shoreline.

To comment on the new master plan, go to: http://www.nww.usace.army.mil/Missions/Projects/DworshakMasterPlan.aspx

Terry O’Donnell

Lewiston


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