DATE: May 25, 2005
CONTACT: Mike Brown (775) 753-0386
ELKO FIELD OFFICE: 2005-35
BLM RECREATION – MEMORIAL DAY UPDATE
With the Memorial Day holiday weekend coming up, many people are making their first camping or exploring trip of the year on public lands in northeastern Nevada.
BLM cultural and recreation team leader Steve Dondero said, “After the long, wet winter we’ve had, a lot of folks are looking forward to getting out of town and enjoying the outdoors.
We ask that people traveling off highway this weekend exercise a bit more caution, use common sense, and take extra supplies with them before venturing out. Although the forecast calls for generally dry and warmer weather, many of the areas just a few miles from paved access points are still damp, and there may be washouts in roadways due to plugged culverts and high flows in some of the normally dry creek beds.”
“Motorists should never attempt travel on wet roads for several reasons: the conditions will generally deteriorate even more as you attempt to travel further, and even if you do make it through, the damages that your vehicle causes to the road surface takes the County and BLM road maintenance crews even more time to repair when the road does finally dry out.”
Dondero continued, “If you do venture out and get stuck or encounter wet roads, turn around immediately and head back to drier routes. If you do get stuck and cannot get your vehicle out, stay where you are. With continued cool nights, your odds of survival and being rescued are much better if you stay with you vehicle and enjoy those extra supplies you brought with you as opposed to attempting to walk out in search of help. Always make sure you let a family member or neighbor know of you travel plans, intended route and destination, as well as your expected return time. Sharing this information in advance could mean the difference between a short campout near your vehicle or a long wait for searchers to find you.”
“Both Wilson and Zunino/Jiggs reservoirs are full and have been stocked with trout, and access to both areas is good,” Dondero concluded. “The BLM road crew have just finished grading work on the access to Wilson Reservoir, so visitors should have no trouble reaching the site.
Wilson Reservoir is spilling heavily, and fishing is reported to be very good in the spillway, however the reservoir itself is high and the water conditions turbid due to the heavy runoff, and fishing is reported to be slow. Motorists are advised to use extra caution along the county road that parallels Deep Creek since the water levels in the creek are very high and some bank undercutting is occurring. Zunino Reservoir is next to paved access, so visitors will have no problem getting there. The North Wildhorse Campground is open, dry, and easily accessible. The Tabor Creek camping area is also open, however visitors may encounter stretches of wet roads to reach this area, and Tabor Creek is running bank full and fishing is reported to be very slow.”
The southeastern portion of Elko County is drying out quicker than other areas, and the wildflowers are out in abundance – particularly north and south of Wendover and near Currie.