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Craig Mountain Now Open To Snowmobilers

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 are now open.

The access gates remained closed past the opening date of November 21 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 15, 2004.

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.

Please contact the Clearwater Regional office at 799-5010 if you have questions concerning snowmobiling on Craig Mountain.