Originally Posted by gladecreekwy
Unfortunately there are a lot of problems up there caused by folks living out there all summer. The housing crisis we have been in cause people to try to camp wherever they can. This has led to a lot of degradation, fires and some crime. Itís so close to town. Next tine this way check out the Gros Ventre area. A bit more remote. The FS up here does a good job of providing access while protecting these areas from literally thousands of people every day in the summer.
Oh... I understand --- We had sensed that there was some of that going on along Flat Creek Road while we were there... thus why I made my comments about the risk of closures.
I have spent a lot of time with our local Forest Service Ranger district managers when I was the President of the Utah 4 Wheel Drive Association. We contributed thousands of hours of volunteer work in mitigating some of the same issues.
I have been up Flat Creek in prior visits, and have been all the way to Soda Lake in the Gros Ventre area on prior trips as well... Most of those visits were just before when Yellowstone was closing the south entrance and there was snow. This was our first year to come this early - to fish flat creek.
As you mention... there certainly are some who are abusing the Flat Creek camping limit, we came up on the 31st so that we avoided the 5-day limit that ends on September 1st so we could legally stay our time, but encountered others that have found that the local regulations are not being followed or enforced. And like many in Jackson - Open carry 90% of the time to reduce our exposure to crime.
We had backup camp locations at Crystal Creek CG if Flat Creek boundary did not pan out... The overflow is an awesome backup plan for a rig our size - Fortunately for us- it did.
Next time we come up... We will PM you... It has always been so nice to meet other JOF members while we are on our adventures!
Steve & Stacy,
Oliver, Ned and Ellie ( Yellow Lab, Red Lab, Border Collie/Boxer)
2015 Seneca 36FK
2007 Toyota FJC - on the trailer