BLM preps for busy camping season

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ore. -- It's that time of year, and the campgrounds will soon be open for summer recreation.

BLM representatives expect a busy season at their sites.

Erik Taylor, the district recreation manager for the BLM, says they are hoping for an enjoyable summer for all the visitors to the area campgrounds. "Well, we have expectations that everyone comes out and has an enjoyable experience," Taylor said. "We think we provide that. We have campground hosts at all of our grounds to provide security and maintenance if there's an issue."

Campground fees are unchanged from previous years, ranging from $8 a night at Cavitt Creek, to $14 a night at Susan Creek. "We have showers, flush restroom facilities, we've got the North Umpqua River behind us. A trail system in the area, horseshoe pits," he said.

There's real excitement about the Tioga Bridge offering access to previously unexplored parts of the North Umpqua Trail. "The intent of that was to link the Susan Creek recreation area, including the day use area and Susan Creek Falls, with the 80 mile long trail," said Taylor.

Taylor says most of the campgrounds will be open through October.