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Limited Sites Open Friday at Pebble and Slough Creek Campgrounds
Contact: Al Nash, 307-344-2015
National Park Service
Yellowstone National Park
Limited Sites Open Friday at Pebble, Slough Creek Campgrounds
Thanks to warmer temperatures and melting snow, Yellowstone’s two northeast National Park Service-operated campgrounds, Pebble Creek and Slough Creek, open to campers Friday.
But those same conditions that finally allowed for opening after weeks of delays are what will keep some sites in each campground closed or restricted for another few weeks due to the potential for flooding.
Pebble Creek will open 15 of its 28 campsites, with 13 remaining closed due to their proximity to the creek’s floodplain. No drinking water will be available, and no fees will be collected until water becomes available.
Slough Creek will open with several sites restricted to RVs only, due to potential water levels at the tent pads. Drinking water is expected to be available, but no fees will be collected if water is unavailable.
Similar flood potential conditions will delay the opening of Lewis Lake Campground in the southern section of the park until July 1. All other campgrounds are currently open with no restrictions, though wet, muddy conditions may exist due to the heavy late spring runoff.
Availability is first-come, first served at the seven NPS-operated campgrounds at Indian Creek, Lewis Lake, Mammoth Hot Springs, Norris, Pebble Creek, Slough Creek and Tower Fall. Campgrounds may be filled by 11 a.m., so visitors are encouraged to arrive early to obtain a site. Overnight camping of any type (tent, vehicle or RV) outside designated campgrounds is not permitted, and campsite occupancy is limited to six people per site. Camping fees for the NPS-operated campgrounds range between $12-$14. For more information call 307-344-2114 or visit http://www.nps.gov/yell/planyourvisit/camping-in-yellowstone.htm.
Campgrounds at Bridge Bay, Canyon Village, Fishing Bridge, Grant Village and Madison Junction are operated by Xanterra Parks & Resorts and are all currently open. Camping fees range between $28-$37 at Fishing Bridge RV Park, depending on electrical service. All other Xanterra-operated campgrounds are $20. Same-day reservations can be made by calling 307-344-7901. Future reservations can be made by calling 307-344-7311 or 1-866-GEYSERLAND (439-7375). Reservations can also be made online at www.YellowstoneNationalParkLodges.com.
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Did You Know?
The 1988 fires affected 793,880 acres or 36 percent of the park. Five fires burned into the park that year from adjacent public lands. The largest, the North Fork Fire, started from a discarded cigarette. It burned more than 410,000 acres.