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CAMPGROUND: Little help, please?

| May 8, 2020 1:00 AM

Last week we drove up the North Fork of the Coeur d’Alene River to see how far we could get. Just past Kit Price Campground we started running into snow and downfall so we dropped back to the campground to have lunch.

We walked around the locked gates into what used to be one of our crown jewel campgrounds and found an upright table in the helter skelter mess that the campground has been left in for who knows how long now? During the 1960s, I was privileged to be a part of the team that planned and constructed many of our campgrounds in the Coeur d’Alene National Forest and as such know what effort and cost it took to get the job done.

Two additional Forest Service Campgrounds are located on up the North Fork, Devil’s Elbow and Big Hank, which list approximately 20 and 30 individual campsites, respectively. They are contracted to private managers who do a good job in operating them, however long range planning is almost a necessity to obtain a site during the summer months.

Kit Price lists 53 sites, but to rest my case please go take a look at how they have been left.

I worked for more than 30 years with many of our local excavation contractors and with the right equipment it would amaze you how fast they could do a quality clean up of this invaluable gem. Shouldn’t it once again be producing some income for us happy taxpaying campers?


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