Temporary closure of LaBarge Creek Road scheduled for culvert installation

Kemmerer – The Bridger-Teton National Forest will temporarily close the La Barge Creek road (Forest Service Road 10138) at Crystal Creek for 3-days in October to complete culvert installation.

As part of a multi-year project to improve road infrastructure and stream passage for native Colorado River Cutthroat Trout in the LaBarge Creek drainage, culvert replacement construction will occur on Crystal, Indian and Spring Creeks on the Kemmerer Ranger District. This work will connect nearly 7.5 miles of currently inaccessible spawning and rearing habitat, as well as reducing the risk of future road failures.

The LaBarge Creek road at Crystal Creek, is planned for closure between deer and elk hunting seasons, from October 9-12, 2017 to minimize the impact to recreationist during this high traffic month. Those attempting to drive into the LaBarge Creek headwaters area during those dates should do so through Forest Service access via the Greys River road (FS10138) or the Smiths Fork road (FS 10072).

Additional work in the LaBarge watershed will include culvert replacements on Indian and Spring Creeks, on the LaBarge Creek road (FS 10138), as well as work on the LaBarge Guard Station road (FS 10077) to finalize work that began last year. There are no planned closures at these locations. This work will occur in mid to late October and shouldn’t significantly interfere with travel, but construction traffic could slow travel through those areas.

We want to thank the public in advance for their cooperation during this important work. Please contact Fish Biologist, Kate Olsen, with further questions at [email protected] or 307-637-5751.