New winter recreation rules for Bowman Road |

New winter recreation rules for Bowman Road

The U.S. Forest Service is asking recreationists who use the Bowman Road area off Highway 20 in the Tahoe National Forest for cooperation this winter.

Because of safety and snow plowing needs along Highway 20, Caltrans recently posted “No Parking” signs at the intersection of the Bowman Road and Highway 20. People who park in the posted areas are subject to citation or towing by the California Highway Patrol.

To provide emergency access for private landowners and access for winter recreationists, the Forest Service has issued a permit to allow an 8-foot swath to be plowed up to five miles along the Bowman Road, depending on snow conditions.

“I’d like to remind people to be considerate of other recreationists, as well as private landowners in the Bowman Road area. Please do not park in private driveways, roadways, or turnouts designed for passing along the narrow, plowed road,” District Ranger Jeanne Masquelier said.

Informational signs will be posted along the road, as soon as possible, to assist in traffic and parking issues. Rubber-tired vehicles will not be permitted past the plowed section of the road.

Typically, this area sees considerable winter recreation use in the form of snowmobiling, winter driving and other snow-related activities. Traffic congestion, stuck vehicles, and blocked driveways limit recreation opportunities and create problems for local residents. Because of the recent heavy snows, turn-around options and parking opportunities are limited.

For more information, contact Art Umland at 478-6228.

– The Union staff

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