This past summer, the new Palisades Bridge was completed by the Bureau of Reclamation. Bonneville County Road and Bridge Department completed the access road from the Riverside Park campground below the reservoir to the Snake River (076) and Bear Creek (058) Roads to provide access to the Calamity and Bear Creek areas.
With construction work completed, winter access across the dam will be closed permanently except for snow machines and trail grooming equipment. When snow is not present, access via ATV, bicycle, horse and foot traffic will be available.
Forest Service road access is usually closed at this time of year, but the warm fall season has delayed significant snow accumulations. “Currently the new road is wet and muddy,” stated District Ranger Hollingshead. “Users should expect poor road conditions until the road bed becomes snow covered or frozen.”
If you have questions about the road, please contact District Ranger Tracy Hollingshead, or Randy Griffith at the Palisades Ranger District at 3659 E. Ririe Highway, Idaho Falls, ID at (208) 523-1412.