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Release Date: 03/07/14
Contacts: MJ Byrne , 208-384-3393 (office), 208-871-1992 (cell)  

Jump Creek Recreation Site to Temporarily Close for Road Reconstruction

BOISE, ID – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Owyhee Field Office thanks the public for their patience and cooperation during a road reconstruction project that will temporarily close the Jump Creek Recreation site from March 24 to May 19, 2014. Jump Creek Recreation site is located approximately 10 miles southwest of Marsing, ID.

The temporary closure will allow the BLM to reconstruct and repair approximately 600 feet of road surface that leads into the lower parking area of the recreation site. The work will consist of the reconstruction of the existing road bed, the addition of multiple drainage structures and resurfacing of the newly constructed roadbed with concrete. The project is being funded with grant money secured through the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation.

“The road reconstruction project is a much needed upgrade that will resolve public safety issues and mitigate damage occurring to natural resources at the site,” said Ryan Homan, BLM Owyhee Field Office outdoor recreation planner. “Due to heavy use, improper drainage and steep grade, the road in its current condition quickly washboards, ruts and erodes, which at times makes it unsafe and unusable to two-wheel drive vehicles. The project will ensure recreationists year-round access to the day-use area and restroom facilities.”

The Jump Creek recreation site is a popular area that receives close to 20,000 visitors per year and is typically open to the public year-round. Recreation activities within the immediate area include camping, hiking, fishing, swimming, picnicking, gold panning and rock climbing. The recreation site also serves as a staging area for activities such as off-highway vehicle riding, horseback riding and hunting.

For more information, please contact Ryan Homan at 208-896-5925.

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 manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. In Fiscal Year 2014, the BLM generated $5.2 billion in receipts from public lands.

Last updated: 03-10-2014