Holiday weekend approaching; weather could be a factor

By: George deVilbiss/Special to Gold Country News Service
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The high country was just beginning to really open up. The temperature was warming nicely. Snow was melting. Campground operators were scrambling to get their territories opened by Memorial Day weekend.

And then, here comes a late spring storm with copious amounts of rain in some areas and more snow in others.

Next week, a good many people will hit the road for their favorite getaway destination. The coastal regions are never snowed out, and most campgrounds along the ocean should be well attended.

The getaway public heading for foothill lakes and reservoirs should have no problem. All should be open and well attended.

What may be iffy, however, is the camping public headed for the high country in the beautiful Sierra range. Even if you made your reservations months ago, Mother Nature could put a dent in those plans.

Some areas of the Sierra received more than 700 inches of snow throughout the winter. Some areas are snow free while others are deep in the white stuff with little to no access yet.

Closures due to snow and weather will put additional pressure on areas that are open. That means campers with reservations in an area of your second choice may fill up before you can get there.

At places like Lake Camanche, the campgrounds at the North and South shores will be wall to wall with campers. Day use is highly encouraged, but the only way you can camp is with reservations.

The South Shore campground generally is wide open for the holiday weekend at Camp Far West, but expect a tremendous amount of traffic.

With fuel being expensive, many campers will look for closer areas.

Call your favorite area or look it up online. Hopefully, each Web site has updates on the conditions. If you have to make a change, there’s still time to search a new area, get in and enjoy the long weekend.