LEWISTON - With the recent snow prompting big game to lower elevations, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG) reminds winter recreationists that the access gates on the Craig Mountain Wildlife Management Area will be open beginning February 4, 2006.
The access gates remained closed past the opening date of November 26 because of the lack of snow. This date was selected in cooperation with local snowmobile groups and hunters to allow snowmobile use of the area after hunting seasons have closed, and big game animals have moved to lower elevations. The gates are designed to enhance wildlife security by preventing unauthorized motorized use of the area, not to restrict snowmobile use.
Snowmobilers are urged to use caution in avoiding hidden obstacles such as rocks, stumps and other hazards. IDFG will close the gates March 16, 2006 or if the snow depth decreases below 16 inches.
The Lewis and Clark Snowdrifters annually groom and remove obstacles on almost 200 miles of trails on Craig Mountain and surrounding area to enhance access and improve safety. The club will be having a fun run this Saturday, February 4th, and will begin grooming trail on Friday.
Please contact the Clearwater Regional office at 799-5010 if you have questions concerning snowmobiling on Craig Mountain.