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Rock Creek Message Board => Eastern Sierra Forum => Topic started by: mPescador on September 14, 2017, 09:07:15 AM

Title: Campground Closures
Post by: mPescador on September 14, 2017, 09:07:15 AM
Headed to the area for the Columbus Day weekend (October 6-9).   Barring a major early season snow dump, which Rock Creek campgrounds are likely to remain open and have a Campground Manager still present at that time? 
Title: Re: Campground Closures
Post by: playingmenace on September 14, 2017, 10:54:49 AM
Welcome to the board.

It's been past experience that the vendor will start shutting down campsites based on demand and weather. Its hard saying which ones they'll close and when. Often they'll close the upper loop of East Fork prior to closing the whole camp ground.

Pine Grove and Upper Pine Grove often get shut down earliest, then the upper loop of East Fork and the Meadows campgrounds. They usually work their way down the canyon. But hard saying what their plan is. Some members on this board have contact info of some of the camp hosts and maybe they can find out their current game plan.

Enjoy your trip. I think this is the very best time of the year to go creek'in
Title: Re: Campground Closures
Post by: retired96 on September 15, 2017, 08:27:57 AM
I know French  Camp always closes on Oct.31...I always take my last trip in October and I can always count the campers in French Camp on one hand..
Title: Re: Campground Closures
Post by: P A C on September 15, 2017, 03:55:05 PM
As I have learned over the years and from others on this board, the scheduled closing dates have to do wit

 - Temps that will disrupt the Water System Pipes (Freezing)
 - Historical 'demand' and related staffing that is required or available to keep them open
 - Fire Activity in the Area

That being said, here is what I have gathered on the Internet via the Authorize Reservation Company Site:

Rock Creek Lake - scheduled to close Friday Oct 6, 2017 https://www.recreation.gov/camping/rock-creek-lake/r/campgroundDetails.do?contractCode=NRSO&parkId=73836
Upper Pine Grove - not reserveable, will need to check with Forest Service
East Fork - to close Monday Oct 16, 2017 https://www.recreation.gov/camping/east-fork-california/r/campgroundDetails.do?contractCode=NRSO&parkId=70804
Palisades - to close Sunday Oct 8, 2017 https://www.recreation.gov/camping/palisades-group-campground/r/campgroundDetails.do?contractCode=NRSO&parkId=93518
Iris Meadow - not reserveable, will need to check with Forest Service
Big Meadow - not reserveable, will need to check with Forest Service

Other resources -

https://www.facebook.com/RockCreekCanyon/   -  if you look around and access each tab on this FB page this phone number is displayed - Call (760) 935-4824 I have not tried calling it

Good Luck!
 :camping:
Title: Re: Campground Closures
Post by: retired96 on September 15, 2017, 04:39:22 PM
I have called Kevin a few times on the number and have always had a return call.