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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.

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