Monday, April 4, 2011

Albert Pike camping area in limbo

Posted By on Mon, Apr 4, 2011 at 11:45 AM

The U.S. Forest Service today provided an update on repair and future plans for the Albert Pike Recreation Area near Langley, where flash flooding of the Little Missouri River killed 20 people last June.

For the time being, there are no plans to reopen paved loops in the park. Parking is limited and there are no restroom facilities. Hazards remain as cleanup continues, the Forest Service said.

“In light of last June’s tragedy, we must review alternatives for future public uses and facilities at Albert Pike Recreation Area,” said Forest Supervisor Norman Wagoner. “We will offer a variety of opportunities for interested citizens to be engaged in the process.”

Cleanup activities are resuming at Albert Pike Recreation Area where safety hazards remain in the wake of the historic flash flood that hit the area last June. While Loops C and D remain closed indefinitely, a contractor has been hired to continue removal of crumpled asphalt and damaged fixtures and to further stabilize the bathhouse facilities in these loops.

Albert Pike Recreation Area has been closed to overnight use since the flood incident. Loops A & B of the campground were reopened for day use in late August, and then closed for the winter in late October. These loops will remain closed until further notice. Normal river activities such as fishing, canoeing and kayaking continue, but with limited parking and no restroom facilities.

Later this spring, Ouachita National Forest officials will begin a planning and public involvement effort focused on future recreation uses and facilities at Albert Pike Recreation Area, located in Montgomery County, Ark.

“In light of last June’s tragedy, we must review alternatives for future public uses and facilities at Albert Pike Recreation Area,” said Forest Supervisor Norman Wagoner. “We will offer a variety of opportunities for interested citizens to be engaged in the process.”

Wagoner said an interdisciplinary team of Forest Service specialists will prepare alternatives for Albert Pike Recreation Area. The team will analyze the alternatives in detail working toward a final decision in 2012. Interested citizens are invited to add their names and addresses to the Albert Pike mailing list by contacting Caroline Mitchell at 501-321-5318 or sending an email to carolinemitchell@fs.fed.us.

Tags: , ,

Favorite

Speaking of...

Comments (4)

Showing 1-4 of 4

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-4 of 4

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

  • Ben Lipscomb, former Rogers city attorney, strikes deal for light punishment

    The Arkansas Supreme Court Committee on Professional Conduct last week reached a deal with former Rogers City Attorney Ben Lipscomb under which he was reprimanded and fined $4,100 for engaging in "dishonesty, fraud, deceit and misrepresentation."
    • May 24, 2016
  • Public comments on Interstate 30 presentation to City Board

    Public comments and questions were prohibited yesterday when the Little Rock City Board heard from consultants the city hired to evaluate the Highway Department's plan to wide Interstate 30 to as many as 12 lanes through downtown. But the president of the Coalition of Little Rock Neighborhoods offered some choice ones today.
    • May 24, 2016
  • More »

Readers also liked…

  • Tom Cotton: ISIS and Mexican drug cartels joining forces to invade Arkansas

    When it comes to rank demagoguery and fear-mongering, this from Tom Cotton is hard to top: "Groups like the Islamic State collaborate with drug cartels in Mexico who have clearly shown they’re willing to expand outside the drug trade into human trafficking and potentially even terrorism. They could infiltrate our defenseless border and attack us right here in places like Arkansas."
    • Oct 7, 2014
  • Justin Harris used foster daughter in campaign materials, against DHS rules

    State Rep. Justin Harris (R-West Fork) used photos of a foster child his family was planning to adopt during his 2012 re-election campaign. The state Department of Human Services expressly prohibits the public use of photos or any other media that would compromise a foster child's anonymity.
    • Mar 13, 2015
  • Mailer highlights Jason Rapert's record; Acxiom founder joins in

    A women's voter education group is dropping a mailer today that highlights Sen. Jason Rapert's legislative record. It happens to appear at the same time as a tough letter to the editor about Rapert by Acxiom co-founder Jerry Adams. Can Faulkner County voters be moved?
    • Oct 24, 2014

Most Shared

  • The museum of yet to come at the University of Arkansas

    At the McMillon Family Retail Innovation and Technology Lab, students and faculty are creating a space that will give both visitors and companies a vital glimpse of the stores, products and consumer habits of the future.
  • The Mansion takeover: Of course it was Hutchinson's idea

    Of course the take over of the Governor's Mansion by Asa Hutchinson was his idea, not that of legislators who claimed credit. And the reason portends changes in historic appearance and use of what was once the people's mansion.

Most Viewed

Most Recent Comments

Blogroll

Slideshows

 

© 2016 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation