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Payette National Forest shuts down snowmobile parking

Nearby counties ask for assistance
Posted at 4:10 PM, Mar 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-24 18:31:12-04

MCCALL, Idaho — The Payette National Forest is discouraging people from congregating in mountain communities by closing snowmobile parking areas. The following is a news release issued on March 24:

In cooperation with Adams and Valley Counties, the Payette National Forest has closed West Face, Upper Elevation and Wallace Snowmobile Parking Areas until May 15, 2020 for the health and safety of visitors and staff.

Effective immediately the following snowmobile parking areas will be closed and unavailable to visitors:
· West Face Parking Area – McCall Ranger District, Adams County, Idaho
· Upper Elevation Parking Area – McCall Ranger District, Adams County, Idaho
· Wallace Parking Area – McCall Ranger District, Adams County, Idaho

As the forest service works through an unpredictable and rapidly changing situation, health and safety is the number one priority. The service is committed to continuing to support our communities and fulfill our mission as we all work together to minimize the impacts and spread of COVID-19.

These actions have been taken based on the best available CDC guidelines to promote social distancing, and in cooperation with Adams and Valley Counties. Adams County Commissioner, Mike Paradis, would like to remind patrons of public lands that parking on county roads is prohibited.

For more information regarding the closure, please contact: McCall Ranger District at 102 W Lake St, McCall, ID 83638 or call 208-634-0400.

The Payette continues to monitor the COVID-19 situation and evaluate potential impacts and make adjustments to public access. Please remember to review current recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and to focus on recreating safely while protecting yourself, Forest Service employees and volunteers.