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Coeur d’Alene forest roads closures affect holiday recreation

PUBLIC LANDS — Road damage has forced the Coeur d’Alene River Ranger District to restrict access on Forest Service Road 209 (Little River Road) between milepost 21 and 22, near Picnic Creek (about 2 miles north of Honeysuckle Campground). 

The road has sustained excessive water damage from runoff and is not passable at this site, said Jason Kirchner, Idaho Panhandle National Forests spokesman. 

“We realize that this will affect people recreating on the forest, but the safety of the public is of the utmost importance at this time,” says Dan Scaife, Acting District Ranger. 

Forest Service Road 209 is also currently inaccessible from the direction of Fernan Saddle due to snow on the roadway.

Other road closures in effect due to soft roadbeds and extensive road damage are:

  • Road 202 (Searchlight-Marie Creek) closed at milepost 2.4,
  • Road 1575 (Beauty-Cedar Creek) closed from milepost 1.0 to the end of the road, 
  • Road 805 (West Fork Eagle Creek) from milepost 1.0 to road end.

Info: Silver Valley office (208) 783-2363, and Fernan Office (208) 664-2318.