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Kit Price Campground to reopen

| May 12, 2022 1:00 AM

A popular campground on the upper Coeur d’Alene River is reopening with new infrastructure thanks to funding from the state of Idaho and the federal Great American Outdoors Act.

Kit Price Campground, located along the North Fork of the Coeur d’Alene River, about 26 miles north of Interstate 90, has been closed since 2018. It will reopen on Memorial Day weekend.

The campground was closed to address widespread hazard trees resulting from naturally occurring fungi and root diseases, and many trees that died during an intense drought in 2015, according to a press release.

Workers assessed trees for their potential to fall within the campground. Contract workers removed dead and failing trees that were identified as a hazard to visitors.

The campground remained closed last year while it underwent a complete redesign and renovation thanks to more than $1 million provided through a grant from the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation and from funding received through the federal Great American Outdoors Act, the release said.

Improvements include new fire rings, picnic tables, restrooms, shade structures and water holding tanks.

Sites and roads have been expanded to accommodate recreational vehicles, extra parking and to meet accessibility requirements.

The campground will be closed for one week in July to complete the chip seal work on road surfaces that could not be completed last year due to weather constraints.

The Forest Service has already replanted more than 1,000 trees within the campground, with plans to plant several thousand more.

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