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Jacob Lake Campground to close for 2007 for rehab work

The North Kaibab Ranger District will close and reconstruct Jacob Lake Campground during the 2007 visitor season.

The campground is located at the junction of U.S. Highway 89A and Arizona State Highway 67 on the Kaibab Plateau, and is a popular stop for visitors to the North Rim, Vermilion Cliffs National Monument and other nearby scenic areas.

The campground, originally known as the Jacob Lake Forest Camp, was constructed in 1938.

Although the Forest Service has improved the campground several times, heavy use has worn down its facilities and infrastructure.

In addition, only two campsites meet Americans with Disabilities Act standards, and the interior road system and parking spurs do not adequately accommodate today's larger and heavier recreational vehicles.

Finally, the campground's entrance is located near a curve in Highway 89A, creating a traffic safety concern.

To address these concerns, the district will:

• Construct new barrier-free campsites and vault toilets.

• Construct a new barrier-free fee station and small group area.

• Upgrade the existing potable water system.

• Reconstruct roads and parking spurs to include only two loops and provide barrier-free access to campsites.

• Add additional barrier-free parking for the amphitheater.

• Relocate the entrance to provide for improved traffic safety.

Jacob Lake Campground will remain closed throughout the 2007 visitor season, although the group camping areas and picnic area across the highway from the main campground will be open to individuals, families and small groups.

Kaibab Camper Village, a privately-owned developed campground at Jacob Lake, will open for the 2007 season on the evening of May 14.

DeMotte Campground, located along Highway 67 about 25 miles south of Jacob Lake and five miles north of the entrance to the park's North Rim, will reopen on May 25 after extensive renovation in 2006.

Other lodging options on the North Kaibab Ranger District include Kaibab Lodge, next to DeMotte Campground, and Jacob Lake Inn, across Highway 89A from Jacob Lake Campground.

In addition, the Forest Service permits dispersed camping in undeveloped areas of the forest.

Visit the Kaibab National Forest Web site at www.fs.fed.us/r3/kai for more information about camping and other recreational opportunities on the Kaibab Plateau.

The environmental assessment, decision notice and other information about the Jacob Lake Campground Reconstruction Project are also available online or by calling the North Kaibab Ranger District at 928- 643-7395.

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