Saturday, May 7, 2011

Rush Landing is Open, Lost Valley Still Closed

Rush has been re-opened, including the launch.

There is little other to report on to update the status of the Buffalo National River post flood. The remaining outstanding closings of the highest priority are Lost Valley and the Gilbert Launch (4WD vehicles only now). Additional crews start Monday to expand the cleanup and repair efforts.

It is still unclear if Lost Valley will be re-opened by the 14th. It suffered extensive damage to the entrance road, hiking trails, and the bridge was washed out.

In other business the park has surveyed all the middle and lower river hiking trails and did not find enough damage to close them. The upper river trails are all open, assessment of them will be completed Monday.

This weekend is the first truly great floating weekend. Sunday temperatures in the mid-80's are predicted and water levels are ideal for floating. Visit the website for information on river levels and to locate outfitters.

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