Use Restrictions to Support 2009 Gore Race
Heads up! BLM will have a couple of closures this weekend to support the Gore Canyon Race. First, the access road to the put-in for Gore Canyon, will be closed to public use starting Saturday morning, August 22nd. You will be able to access the put-in by using a shuttle bus provided by the event organizer. You can catch the shuttle buses at Pumphouse. The closure will be in effect until 3PM on Saturday.
The second closure will be at the Launch #3 area at Pumphouse. Starting on Friday, August 21st, Launch #3 will be closed to public use. The Launch #3 area will be used for parking and staging for the event. The closure will be in effect until noon on Sunday, August 23rd. Only race participants, spectators, and event personnel will be allowed into the area during the closure.
If you are a spectator or participant, you need to park in the Launch #3 area. We want to keep Launch #1 and #2 open for visitors that are not connected with the race. Please do not park in the main parking lot between Launch #1 and #2. Areas where you will be allowed to park will be marked. The event organizer will have people directing traffic and answering questions when you drive into Pumphouse. Please keep your vehicles on the gravel roads or in the designated parking areas. Vehicles that block access will be towed. All vehicles will be required to have a valid day use pass ($3 per vehicle per day).
Camping for participants and spectators will also be in the Launch #3 area. Please do not camp in the campground adjacent to the main parking lot. We want to keep those sites available to visitors not connected to the race. BLM has just finished constructing 2 new group sites and 10 new individual sites downstream of Launch #3. Walk-in dispersed camping will be allowed in the Launch #3 area. Remember to keep your vehicles on the gravel or in a designated parking area. The event organizer will be paying the camping fees as part of the overall fees for the permit, so if you are camping in the Launch #3 area, you do not need to pay a camping fee. I am sure the event organizer would accept donations to help offset her costs. Campfires are allowed at the developed campsites where metal fire rings are provided. All other fires are prohibited. Check the fee station bulletin board at Pumphouse for more details.
Dispersed camping will be available at the usual sites along the Trough Road. Remember to use sustainable camping practices: use established sites; keep your vehicle on existing roads; dig a cat hole for human waste disposal (or use a land fill-approved bag system to pack it out); and pack out all your trash.
BLM thanks you in advance for your cooperation with these restrictions and your support to make this year’s race a success.