As winter weather approaches, gate on Bear Camp Road closed November 30


Bureau of Land Management & US Forest Service

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Medford OR – The Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) Medford District is closing the gate on Bear Camp Road, located near Galice, OR, on Thursday, November 30. The gate, which is closed annually for public safety ahead of winter weather, will remain closed until spring snow conditions allow for safe passage for public travel. Travelers are advised to use Highway 199 as an alternate route.

Bear Camp Road, which is managed by both the BLM and the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest (RRSNF), is a remote, mountainous route that connects the Rogue Valley to coastal areas. It is not plowed during the winter, and weather conditions can often change quickly, making road conditions hazardous.

The BLM and the RRSNF remind the public that it is crucial to Know Before You Go this time of year.

  • Carry extra food, water, gloves and warm clothing to provide for longer travel times.
  • Many routes and back country roads do not have cell service.
  • In addition to paper maps, before you leave, download all of your public lands maps on Avenza, and know where you are at all times! Cell service is NOT necessary to use Avenza!
  • Know Before You Go: Be aware of predicted weather and road conditions of major highways that provide access to your public lands! Be prepared for sudden changes in weather and road conditions. Know the predicted weather for your route and your destination, and how it can possibly affect your travel plans.
  • Always let someone know your expected travel route.
  • Be prepared: Bring additional warm clothing, water, and extra food to account for unexpectedly longer travel times. Carry chains, a flashlight, and proper attire to install the chains, should the need arise.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 western states, including Alaska, on behalf of the American people. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. Our mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.