Torrential Idaho Rain Puts Damper on Early Camping - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather

Torrential Idaho Rain Puts Damper on Early Camping

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Recent heavy rains could put a damper on early season camping in the western Idaho mountains, as days of deluge have washed out roads and flooded campgrounds with possibly more precipitation to come.

Brownlee Campground on the Payette National Forest's Weiser Ranger District in western Idaho is closed until further notice. Upper Payette Campground remains closed due to snow and rain.

Chinook Campground near McCall is open but there could be safety problems on roads to get there. Warren Wagon Road, for instance, is a particular concern with flooding.

Laura Pramuk, a forest spokeswoman, says Hell's Canyon between Oregon and Idaho is also receiving torrential rain.

Some Payette campgrounds remain open, but Pramuk says people may want to consider postponing trips to avoid damaging roads and trails, and for general safety reasons.

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