Shasta Trinity National Forest reopens some recreational areas

The Shasta Trinity National Forest has reopened some of its recreational areas including the Packers Bay Boat Ramp.

Posted: Sep 18, 2021 6:17 PM
Updated: Sep 20, 2021 10:27 AM

SHASTA LAKE, Calif.- After closing the Shasta Trinity National Forest due to ongoing fire containment efforts for the Monument and McFarland fires, the U.S. Forest Service has reopened some recreational areas to the public.

The reopening at the Packers Bay Boat Ramp was spoiled with sudden rain.

While some people were able to get in a quick drive around the lake, people at Packers Bay left before the roads got too muddy.

Even though the rain was a welcomed sight, Shasta Trinity National Forest Public Affairs Officer Sarah Wiener said it did not offer much relief from the drought.

"So, the water level is incredibly low," said Wiener. "It’s the second-lowest on recorded history. We’re at 169 feet below full pool level."

The low lake levels bring usually covered dangers, like rocks and small islands, to the surface, posing a problem for boaters.

Wiener warned that inexperienced boaters should be cautious on Shasta Lake to avoid any crashes.

While some areas in the Shasta Trinity National Forest will be open, much of it will remain closed as fire crews continue to work on the Monument and McFarland fires.

"We want to get people out there enjoying their National Forests, especially as hunting season opens," said Wiener. "But those closures are in effect for your safety and for the safety of our first responders so that we can keep our critical firefighting resources dedicated to suppression and containment efforts."

One person told Action News Now that he's glad that some areas are opening back up to the public, especially for those who have waited patiently to get back on the lake.

The U.S. Forest Service said that areas open to the public like dry lake beds and campgrounds will operate under open flame restrictions.

You can find the most up-to-date information on the Shasta Trinity National Forest here.

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