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Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883

Heading out? Consider road closures on Colville National Forest, other public lands

The view of Sullivan Lake road after some of the spring storms.  (Courtesy of Rick Scharff Colville National Forest)

Spring rain and flooding have closed or damaged a number of roads on the 1.1-million-acre Colville National Forest.

Recreationists should check to make sure their intended destination is accessible.

Here is a partial list, although it’s important to remember that just because a road isn’t officially closed, doesn’t mean it’s necessarily passable.

  • On the Tonasket Ranger District, Forest Service Road 3300-100 in the Mount Bonaparte area is closed south of Pettijohn Creek. On the afternoon of June 3, high-intensity rain storms in the area caused a debris flow that resulted in damage to Forest Service Road 3300-100 where it intersects Lightning Creek. As a result of this debris flow, the culvert on Lightning Creek was plugged and the road failed. The existing road closure on Forest Service Road 3300-100, from last fall, was extended due to the recent road failure at Lightning Creek.
  • Sullivan Creek Road is passable with a truck and camper but is not recommended for low-clearance passenger vehicles. There is not an official road closure in place. The Forest Service plans to begin work on a permanent repair later this season after the road’s surface and subsurface is no longer saturated.

“Undoubtedly, there’s more weather-related damage to be found on our several thousand-mile road systems,” said Craig Newman, a recreation and engineering staff officer. “Despite increased road maintenance and restoration efforts, the increasing frequency of intense storms continues to take a toll on our transportation system.”