Mountain snow likely to restrict travel on Bear Camp Road

Better change your weekend plans if you're thinking or driving on the Bear Camp Road.

A late spring storm over the weekend will likely bring deep snow to sections of the Bear Camp Road, a popular route for whitewater rafters on the lower Rogue River.

Three inches or more of snow was expected above 2,500 feet, meteorologist Sven Nelaimischkies said, and as much as a foot of snow could fall on higher elevations around the Bear Camp Road over the weekend.

"It could be a big dump before this is over," Nelaimischkies said.

The road is customarily cleared in time for the Memorial Day weekend, the traditional beginning of the summer rafting season. The Bureau of Land Management announced Thursday that the road had been cleared of snow that makes it impassable in winter.

The route follows paved logging roads through federal forestland from Agness to Merlin. It's a popular shuttle road for rafters who run the wild section of the Rogue River in summer.

The road has caused problems in winter, because it is not plowed. Travelers unfamiliar with the area regularly get stranded and have to be rescued.

— Bill Kettler

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