This is the Weekly Recreation and Road report for June 12th – June 18th 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:              

  • Our 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.
  • Prior to the high use visiting season at Anan, the Anan staff periodically stay at Anan to complete work to open the site.  If you go to Anan this month, you may encounter work crews clearing trail or getting the viewing deck ready for visitors this season.  The district plans to begin staffing Anan full time starting July 1st.

Community Programs:

  • Families are welcome to join us for Read with a Ranger on Fridays in June & July from 10:30-11:30 am at the Irene Ingle Public Library. The topic for Friday, June 14th will be bats.
  • Also join us at the Nemo Host Site for the weekly Friday night potluck this June 14th.  The Nemo Host Site is the first developed site on the Nemo Recreation Loop, approximately 15 miles south of Wrangell.  The potluck begins around 6pm.  All are welcome.
  • The annual Family Fishing Day at Pats Lake is this 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.   
  • And the Forest Explorers program has started and will be joining Summer Rec this summer on Tuesday mornings. Forest Explorers is a partnership with Wrangell Parks & Recreation and all participants must be signed up with the Parks & Rec Summer program beforehand.

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