It’s official: West Fork reopens on weekends only through 2023

I’m sure this wonderful sign, which I shot right before the Bobcat Fire in September, 2020, is long gone. I can’t quite bear to return to my beloved West Fork, but if you go, please send pics for me to post. I heard it is very muddy and not good fishing. (Credit: Jim Burns)

ARCADIA, Calif.— One of Angeles National Forest’s roads in the Upper San Gabriel River watershed—West Fork Road or National Forest System Road No. 2N25—will be temporarily closed to all recreationists on weekdays only (except on Federal holidays) for public safety from April 1 through Dec. 1 in both 2022 and 2023. This road closure is requested by Los Angeles County Public Works for sediment removal operations.

The goal is to remove up to 2 million cubic yards of sediment that has accumulated in the Cogswell Reservoir because of the Station Fire of 2009 and the Bobcat Fire of 2020. (Sediment has accumulated because fire burns away vegetation and leaves little to hold soil and rocks in place.)

Project work includes unclogging inlets/outlets and excavating and transporting sediment from the reservoir via heavy construction equipment to the adjacent sediment placement site. This sediment removal work provides vital flood control capacity to protect downstream communities.

4 thoughts on “It’s official: West Fork reopens on weekends only through 2023”

  1. Jim, the headline and copy don’t match. Thanks for what you do.

    On Fri, Apr 8, 2022 at 5:46 PM lariverflyfishing wrote:

    > Jim Burns posted: ” I’m sure this wonderful sign, which I shot right > before the Bobcat Fire in September, 2020, is long gone. I can’t quite bear > to return to my beloved West Fork, but if you go, please send pics for me > to post. I heard it is very muddy and not good fishing” >

  2. Heading there Saturday to see how much it’s changed. Bringing my poles. Hoping more towards the damn could have a few honey holes. Will report back ! Send me an email so I have it , I have loved this blog for some time now

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