The U.S. Forest Service has announced that Bear Camp Road will open for public travel for the recreation season the afternoon of Friday, May 25, with timing dependent on road conditions and snow depth. A road crew from the Umpqua National Forest will begin plowing next week, removing what remains of the winter snowpack.
When the road opens, all seasonal gate closures, including gates off the Peavine-Serpentine and Galice Access Roads, will be lifted.
The west side (coast side) of Bear Camp road still has numerous gravel road sections from reconstruction work and culvert replacement work, which can slow down travel time and create road hazards. Paving is scheduled to occur this year.
Not all Forest and BLM roads have been maintained or checked after the winter season. Motorists are advised to drive with caution and avoid using less-traveled roads, particularly earlier in the season before all road surfaces are thoroughly dry.
Highways 199 and 101 are recommended for trailers, motor homes and oversized vehicles year-round and for all vehicular travel during winter months.
For additional information on the Bear Camp Road and current road status, contact the Grants Pass Interagency Office, 541-471-6500.