Clarks Fork Roads Closed By Shoshone National Forest Due to Flood Damage
Written by Andrew-Rossi on June 21, 2022
Two popular roads along the Clarks Fork are temporarily closed after last week’s high water event made the area too dangerous for some types of outdoor recreation.
Northwest Wyoming has been mostly unaffected by the massive flood events last week – with the exception of Yellowstone National Park. However, the raging waters have made some areas treacherous enough to close for public safety.
Due to the impacts of the flood events of this past week, the Shoshone National Forest has closed both the Clarks Fork Canyon Road, Forest Service Road 119, and the Morrison Jeep Trail, Forest Service Road 120.
A special order closing Forest Service Roads 119 and 120 has been signed which prohibits any motor vehicle from being upon either road.
Both forest roads were closed “for public safety and to protect natural resources in the area.” Images shared by Shoshone National Forest suggest the roads may be closed for a considerable amount of time.
“The extraordinary amount of water in the Clarks Fork of the Yellowstone River and force with which it came through the canyon removed portions of the Morrison Jeep Trail and Forest Road 119,” said Wapiti, Clarks Fork, and Greybull District Ranger Casey McQuiston. “This isn’t a simple washout that is easily repaired. This will take a significant amount of work and, in some areas, reconstruction of the road.”
Violations of the prohibitions of this closure order could lead to fines or imprisonment.
To view the closure order, visit our website at https://www.fs.usda.gov/detailfull/shoshone/alerts-notices/?cid=stelprdb5175892&width=full.
Keep up to date on all flooding-related issues by visiting the Shoshone National Forest website (https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/shoshone/alerts-notices/?aid=73670) and Facebook page (US Forest Service – Shoshone National Forest).
For information specific to this closure order, contact the Wapiti, Clarks Fork, and Greybull Ranger districts office at 307.527.6921.