MISSOULA, MT, Aug. 8—Throughout the next few months, crews will be working on various maintenance projects along the Rock Creek recreation corridor on the Missoula Ranger District. These projects will address maintenance at Harry’s Flat Campground and drainage improvements along Rock Creek Road.
“We appreciate the public’s patience as we complete these critical improvements at Harry’s Flat Campground and much-needed maintenance on Rock Creek Road,” stated Crystal Stonesifer, Missoula District Ranger. “These projects will improve access, maintain and update campground amenities, and importantly, improve streambank conditions along Rock Creek at Harry’s Flat.”
Harry’s Flat Campground: Day Use Float Access Improvement and Campsite Relocation
Timeframe: Work is occurring now and is expected to last through the end of August.
Work will be occurring at Harry’s Flat Campground throughout August. The north loop and day use area are currently closed while crews focus on hardening the day use float access and expanding parking, and relocating an outhouse and five campsites in the north loop out of a high water channel of Rock Creek and up to a bench above the stream terrace. The old campsites will be rehabilitated and relocating the campsites will reduce sedimentation into Rock Creek benefiting water quality and habitat for aquatic species. This work is funded by the Tri County Resource Advisory Committee(RAC) and fee dollars generated at the campground through the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act.
Rock Creek Road: Drainage Improvements and Routine Maintenance
Timeframe: Work will begin in late August and last through September.
This road work will include replacing one damaged culvert and filling in large road depressions. The work will occur between Bitterroot Flat Campground and Siria Campground (milepost 22.9 – 28.3) and is expected to begin in late August or early September. The public should anticipate travel delays during construction; however, the road will remain open for use. More information will be forthcoming when specific construction dates become available. This work is funded by the Tri County RAC.
For more information on the project, contact the Missoula Ranger District at 406-329-3814, visit the Lolo National Forestwebpage, or follow the @LoloNationalForest on Facebook.