This is the Weekly Recreation and Road report for

June 4th – June 11th 2019.

Road Conditions/Construction:

  • On Zarembo Island, road brushing will be ongoing for most of the summer.
  • On Wrangell Island, machinery will be operating on the Pats Lake Road FS 6259 to restore and enhance fish habitat for salmon and trout. Work will be occurring about a ¼ mile east of the lake; expect some traffic delays from approximately June 10th through June 21st.

Logging Traffic:                 

  • On Zarembo Island, there is log yarding and hauling activity from the Mustang Lakes area to St. Johns Harbor on the mainline road 6590 and on the 52089 Zarembo Lake Road into St Johns.

Recreational Reminders:              

  • And as a courtesy to other forest users, please remember to remove debris from roadside firewood cutting away from the roadway and ditches.
  • The Wrangell Ranger District would also like to remind everyone that ATV’s are restricted to use only on open roads and designated off road vehicle trails. This helps prevent erosion and resource damage. Motor Vehicle Use maps that show open roads are available for free at the Forest Service front desk.
  • The Ranger District recreation crew is now out working on our sites, but we still appreciate public reports. As you visit recreation sites and cabins, please notify us if you notice anything damaged or needing attention. Call the front desk at 874-2323 to report conditions.
  • Due to reduced budgets & staffing, the Forest Service is not able to guarantee a supply of firewood at cabins and campsites right now, except at Middle Ridge Cabin.

Community Programs:

  • Forest Service summer programs are starting up. Families are welcome to join us for the first Read with a Ranger program of the summer on Friday, June 7th from 10:30-11:30 am at the Irene Ingle Public Library for books & activities about birds. The theme for June 14th will be bats.
  • The first Nemo Campfire Potluck of the summer will be Friday, June 7th, and will be the annual crab feast. Campfires continue through the summer until the last Friday in August. The Nemo Potluck starts at 6pm at the Nemo Information Site, which is the first developed site on the Nemo Recreation Loop, approximately 15 miles south of Wrangell.
  • And coming up is the Family Fishing Day at Pats Lake on Saturday, June 15th from 10am to 2pm. There will be lots of fun activities for families, including fishing, casting lessons, lure making, games, fish print t-shirts, lunch and youth prizes. The Southeast Alaska Watershed Coalition will also be there to provide information on the Pat Creek Restoration Project & offer tours of the project site at 11am & 1pm.

This announcement is courtesy of KSTK and your Wrangell Ranger District. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to contact The Wrangell Ranger District office at 907-874-2323.