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Campground likely to close permanently

Posted: Friday, Nov 23rd, 2012

A closed gate and sign at Archie Knowles Campground, east of Mapleton, keeps campers away. photo by Ryan Cronk/Siuslaw News

It has been closed for some time, but the U.S. Forest Service has made no official decision to permanently shut the gate on Archie Knowles Camp-ground, although the government agency is seriously considering the move.

The campground, four miles east of Mapleton off Highway 126, is named for the child of early settlers Albert and Lillian Knowles. Archie worked as a forest service ranger.

There are many reasons for closing the nine-site campground, explained Central Coast District Ranger Michele Jones. The campground has a failed water system that will cost a lot of money to fix. The Siuslaw National Forest budget has been tight, and is even tighter than expected with a decrease in recreation fee collections. The campground is rarely at capacity.

“For us, care and maintenance is not cost effective. Folks mainly use it as a rest area,” said the ranger.

Coho salmon are another major consideration.

“The site sits right on Knowles Creek, which is an important coho stream and tributary to the Siuslaw River,” said Jones.

Because of degradation to habitat and subsequent dwindling numbers of coho, the Knowles Creek basin has been the site of major studies, large-scale restoration efforts and continued monitoring, all resulting in better habitat and considered an important factor in increased coho numbers.

For the complete article see the 11-24-2012 issue.

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