Albert Pike Recreation Area Update

Zoie Clift
Below is an update on Albert Pike Recreation Area via ArkansasOnline:
The Forest Service said Monday that no
decision has been made yet on the future of Albert Pike Recreation Area even as
cleanup work resumes at the site of a flash flood that claimed 20 lives on the
Little Missouri River in June. A contractor has been hired to remove crumpled asphalt and damaged fixtures in
Loops C and D, which have been closed indefinitely at the remote Montgomery
County recreation site. Loops A and B were open for day use from August through
October but will stay closed until further notice. The entire area has been closed to overnight use since the June 11 flood.
Ouachita National Forest officials said planning will begin later this spring
on what should become of the Albert Pike area. The service is seeking the
public’s input as it moves forward and as Forest Service specialists analyze
alternatives for the area in detail. “In light of last June’s tragedy, we must review alternatives for future public
uses and facilities at Albert Pike Recreation Area,” said Forest Supervisor
Norman Wagoner.  “We will offer a variety of opportunities for interested
citizens to be engaged in the process.”
A final decision would be made in 2012. For now, normal river activities such as fishing, canoeing and kayaking continue, but with limited parking and no restroom facilities, the service said. Those interested in giving input can join the Albert Pike mailing list by contacting Caroline Mitchell at 501-321-5318
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