New rules approved by feds to reduce overcrowding at Three Pools and more

In an effort to reduce conflict, overcrowding and degradation in the Opal Creek Scenic Area, and the area surrounding Detroit Lake, the U.S. Forest Service has approved new rules which include banning campfires and alcohol in certain areas. As many popular areas have become so-called “booze-infested party zones” during the summer, and overwhelmingly positive response to the agency’s proposals is being put into place.

The new rules will also restrict on where visitors are able to camp. As of May 26, the new rules will go into effect and fines will be issued for those who do not comply. The fines, according to Statesman Journal, will range from $50 up to $250 per citation. Local rangers and the Marion County Sheriff’s office will be enforcing the new rules.

Among all of these new rules, it will now be illegal to drink alcohol at Three Pools, and no campfires will be allowed on Opal Creek Trail. Campfires are to be prohibited on many small backcountry campsites on the trail and road that follows the Little North Santiam River.

Parking will also be limited near the Opal Creek Gate Trailhead, with vehicles only allowed to park a quarter mile down the road from the trailhead, as opposed to cars being parked a mile down the road before. With the new rules, officials hope to reduce the number of people allowed in when the area gets the most traffic on weekends during the summer.

To read more specifics on new rules, head on over here for the original article.

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