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Challis Field Office
Release Date: 03/10/14
Contacts: Sarah Wheeler , 208-524-7550,  

BLM Challis Field Office to Close East Fork Campground Due to Bridge Improvement Projects

CHALLIS, ID – As the Idaho Transportation Department replaces two bridges on Highway 75, near mile marker 227, heavy construction will necessitate the closure of the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Challis Field Office East Fork Campground. “After discussions with the contractor regarding the bridge project, it is apparent that we cannot safely keep the campground open for the public,” said Ben Roundtree, recreation planner for the Challis Field Office BLM.

The East Fork Campground lies directly between the bridges that will be replaced this summer during construction season. The contactor, Knife River Corp., will be using part of the campground for a staging area as they complete the project. The campground will be closed to all public use on March 15, and is not expected to reopen until project completion in November. The County Commissioners and Sheriff’s Department are aware of the decision.

For more information on this closure contact the BLM in Challis at 208-879-6200. For information regarding the bridge replacement project, please contact Bruce King of the Idaho Transportation Department at (208) 745-5611.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

Last updated: 03-10-2014