A popular camping area on the east side of Horsethief Reservoir will remain closed indefinitely, while 85 campsites on the west side of the reservoir opened to camping mid-May.
The 32 campsites located on the east side, known as Horsethief Creek, will be closed due to hazardous tree removal and construction.
“This will mean some folks will need to look for other areas for campsites during the busy Memorial Day weekend,” said Dennis Hardy, Fish and Game recreation site maintenance foreman
Camping on the west side of Horsethief is on a first-come, first-served basis, but campers must register. All camp sites are primitive with no electricity or drinking water.
Fishing opportunities at the popular reservoir remain unaffected by the east side campsite closure. The reservoir is full, been restocked with trout, and ramps and docks are open for anglers.
Located 9 miles east of Cascade, the 270-acre reservoir is situated within a forested area, giving it a high-mountain-lake appearance. Horsethief is managed as a rainbow trout fishery and is a popular summer destination for anglers and other recreationalists.
Visitors are advised that much of the surrounding lands around Horsethief are private, posted, and are closed to the public.
“This area is extremely popular, but we want to encourage everyone to be responsible and respect the private landowner’s wishes, as well as others using the area,” Hardy said.