Bureau of Land Management extends temporary closure at Hammer Creek due to boat ramp construction

Cottonwood, Idaho – The Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Cottonwood Field Office has extended the current temporary closure at the Hammer Creek recreation site into mid-March to complete improvements to the boat ramp. Construction at the site began in early January and, when completed, will provide additional access for anglers and recreationists to the Lower Salmon River.

The extended closure through March 22 affects the parking area and use of the boat ramp. The public is asked to avoid the area to allow contractors to work safely.

The boat ramp at Hammer Creek is one of three launch sites that have undergone improvements by the BLM since November. In addition, the BLM completed improvements at the popular Pine Bar boat ramp last spring. 

The BLM suggests the White Bird boat ramp as an alternate launch site while work continues at the Hammer Creek site.

For additional information about recreation and fishing opportunities on the Lower Salmon River, please visit https://www.blm.gov/visit/lower-salmon-river.

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The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The agency’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. Diverse activities authorized on these lands generated $111 billion in economic output across the country in fiscal year 2019—more than any other agency in the Department of the Interior. These activities supported more than 498,000 jobs.

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Cottonwood Field Office


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