Flood Threat to Close Some Campsites in Ouachita, Ozark, St. Francis National Forests

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HOT SPRINGS, ARK — Many developed recreation area campsites will be temporarily closed on the Ouachita and Ozark-St. Francis National Forests over the next few days as strong storms move across Arkansas and Oklahoma, according to the Forest Service.

More than 7 inches of rainfall expected in some areas could cause dangerous flooding.

National Forest managers are closing selected campsites in recreation areas most susceptible to flooding.

They suggest campers be on high alert for potential flooding throughout all areas of both National Forests.  Some roads and dispersed camping sites may not be safe to use.

The sites will reopen after the flood and severe weather threat passes later in the week.

Forest visitors are encouraged to contact the National Forest office where they plan to camp before traveling.

For more information about camping on the Ouachita National Forest logon to www.fs.usda.gov/ouachita or call (501) 321-5202; for information on the Ozark-St. Francis National Forests logon to www.fs.usda.gov/osfnf or call (479) 964-7200.