By ROBERT S. MERRILL
At least two Franklin County Forest Service campgrounds will be open this year to recreational users over Memorial Day weekend and large crowds are expected with sunny skies and warm temperatures predicted.
Potable water is available at Willow Flat, but not at Albert Moser.
Willow Flat, the largest and most popular campground in the county, will have a maximum number of camping sites open because of an early spring and no snow.
Dennis Deuhren, district Forest Service ranger based in Montpelier, said this past winter’s below-normal snow, coupled with a warm, dry May, has made opening the entire campground area in Cub River Canyon possible.
“Those individuals who use Willow Flat during Memorial Day should realize every spot in the campground will be open,” he said.
“There will be motorized access, including four-wheelers, on Hillyard Canyon Road and many other roads and trails in the area this year.”
Willow Flat Campground offers the public 54 camping units, three group picnic areas, an amphitheater and a game area.
Albert Moser Campground is also along the Cub River in the canyon area, but much lower in elevation. It provides nine camping units. It is open, but potable water will not be available because of a water-system upgrade project, said officials.
Water has just been tested at Willow Flat and has come back clean.
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