RAW: Local roads, lakes begin to open up for Fishing Opener

High temperatures combined with a light snowpack will allow for an early start to plowing area roads this spring, according to the U.S Forest Service, Inyo National Forest.

Lakes Basin: The Town of Mammoth Lakes (TOML) began plowing roads in the Mammoth Lakes Basin on Wednesday, April 17 and the Basin is expected to be open to vehicles for the Fishing Opener weekend.

Campgrounds will not be open.

Visitors should stay aware of hazards in the area, such as wind damaged trees and soft lake ice that is particularly dangerous during this season.

Due to very limited snowpack and dangerous lake ice conditions, snowmobiling opportunities in the Lakes Basin will be scarce. The use of snowmobiles in the Lakes Basin after April 16 is not encouraged this year due to poor conditions and potential conflicts with plowing operations. Snowmobilers are reminded that it is their responsibility to know where snowmobiling is legal, and to keep away from developed recreation areas, campgrounds and buildings to avoid damage to these facilities.

Tamarack Cross Country Skiing: Cross country ski operations at Tamarack Lodge ended Tuesday, April 16. Plowing was scheduled to begin the following day.

Reds Meadow, Minaret Vista: Cal Trans will begin plowing to the Minaret Vista at the end of April, and TOML crews will begin plowing into Reds Meadow Valley soon after. The Forest Service will be working to prepare the Reds Meadow Valley for opening by Memorial Day weekend. Once the road is plowed, road repairs must be made and hazard trees removed. The Forest Service expects this work to take only a couple of weeks, barring any unforeseen circumstances, and intends to open the Reds Meadow area and facilities to public access by Saturday, May 25.

For more information, please call the Mammoth Lakes Welcome Center at (760) 924-5500 or visit the Welcome Center at 2510 Hwy 203 next to the Mammoth Ranger Station or Inyo National Forest website at at www.fs.usda.gov/inyo.