Road Work Update July 18, 2019

Road work will affect access to Yellow Pine and back country travel during the week, open weekends. Plan accordingly.

Johnson Creek
Heads up! Starting July 15th, OK Gravel will be hauling in a crusher via Johnson Creek. Then on July 24th dust abatement will be applied to Johnson Creek from Wapiti Meadow Ranch to Yellow Pine.

South Fork
Starting July 22 the South Fork road will be closed Monday through Friday from 7am to 4pm on weekdays, with no closures over the weekends.
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YP to Stibnite Road
Update from Midas July 18: The road is still closed Monday through Thursday and open Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Good progress is being made, but it is likely that we still have a few weeks of work ahead.
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News Release from Payette NF

South Fork Salmon River Road to have Closures for Roadway Rehabilitation Project Beginning July 22

McCall, ID, July 18, 2019 – The South Fork of the Salmon River Road rehabilitation project will begin July 22, 2019 and run through the 2020 field season, with a winter shutdown on the Boise and Payette National Forests. The roadway is paved and in need of repairs to include the replacement of broken asphalt, surface drainage issues, and subgrade stability problems.

Beginning July 22, 2019, a point road closure will be in place Monday through Friday from 7:00a.m. to 4:00 pm on weekdays, with no closures over the weekends. Access to all sites along the river will remain open, but the route to reach those sites will be determined by the point closure location. The first point closure location will be just south of Reed Ranch beginning July 22nd.

The Payette National Forest will produce and distribute a weekly newsletter to help travelers determine the location of the point closure, and which route to use to reach desired sites along the river. Additionally, a webpage has been developed to convey this same information. Self-subscribe to the newsletter by singing up at, and visit the project web site at

Things to know about the point closure site:

· The point closure location will dictate if the Warm Lake route, or the Lick Creek route to the South Fork of the Salmon River is to be taken to access sites along the river.

· The closure sites will change on a weekly basis, and will not always be adjacent to the last closure site. Refer to the current weekly newsletter or the project website to determine the closure point and access for each week.

· Use the existing mile post markers to become familiar with the road. These mile post markers will be used to note where the current point closure is located.

The South Fork Salmon River Road was paved in 1993 as a single track road in order to assist in the prevention of sediment getting into the river and creating problems for ESA Listed Summer Chinook Salmon. Minor road work, and periodically, major road reconstruction following a road damaging event, has been conducted since 1993, but this is the first full rehabilitation project that will take place on the road.

To learn more about the history of the South Fork of the Salmon River, and stewardship efforts visit this link:

Brian Harris
Public Affairs Officer
Payette National Forest
p: 208-634-0784
c: 208-634-6945