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Enjoying the great outdoors requires few restrictions

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Campsites across the area await visitors. As the summer months approach, these sites will be filled quickly and often, but many times these sites have certain rules and regulations. Each site varies as to what rules apply, however with the dry conditions the state is facing this year, one universal rule applies. That is to use caution when dealing with fire.

Summertime has finally arrived, and it's high time to gather up the kids and the camping gear and head to a favorite camping spot.

Although most lower elevation campgrounds are open throughout the state, many higher elevation roads and campgrounds may still be snow covered or muddy. So in order to protect natural resources, please be careful and only drive or camp on dry, solid surfaces.

Off-road vehicle user are reminded to ride only where permitted and to obtain the travel plan maps for the areas.

If planning to use livestock on national forest land, remember that only certified week free straw, hay or pellets are permitted.

With drought conditions throughout the state, the National Forest Service has several regulations in place pertaining to fire. The following acts are prohibited on the area, roads, and trails described until further notice.

•Building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire, campfire or stove fire except a fire within a developed recreation site.

•Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site, or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable material.

The following persons are exempt from these regulations:

•Persons using a stove solely fueled by liquid petroleum or LPG fuels.

•Persons conducting activities in those designated areas where the activity is specifically authorized by written posted notice.

•Any federal, state, or local officer or member of an organized rescue or firefighting force in the performance of an official duty.

With these regulations in mind, campers are encouraged to enjoy the great outdoors, but abide by these rules.

Most Manti-Lasal campgrounds will be open with or without water. In Ferron Canyon, 12-mile flat is closed. Indian Creek and Gooseberry will not have water. Flat Canyon campground will not be open due to snow. Potters campground will be open. North Skyline should be open by this weekend. South Skyline is not open due to snow. Visitors are asked not to travel on muddy or snow covered roads to minimize damage to the road surfaces. All reservoirs are extremely low. Joes Valley and Electric Lake boat ramps are not accessible. Visitors will have to portage canoes or craft to the lake. No driving is permitted on the lake bottoms.

Safety is always a concern, so please be careful with children around lakes and fast moving streams. As always, please also be careful with fire and always make sure campfires are completely out before leaving the campsite. But most importantly, enjoy the outdoors.

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