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Thursday, July 4, 2019

07/04/19 Some Campgrounds Near Swan Lake Fire Re-opening; Others Remain Closed

Posted by 2019swanlakefireinfo

Additional portions of a previous closure notice have been rescinded. However, due to continued fire activity on the Swan Lake Fire, the following areas within Skilak Lake Wildlife Recreation Area remain closed as of noon, July 4, 2019.

The following facilities remain closed:
Campgrounds: Watson Lake, Jean Lake, Petersen Lake, and Kelly Lake
Cabins: Kelly Lake Cabin, Trapper Joe Cabin, Big Indian Cabin
Lakes and Rivers: East Fork Moose River, Watson Lake, Petersen Lake, Kelly Lake, Jean Lake, and Bottenintin Lake
Trails: Skyline Trail, Seven Lakes Trail (except for the portion from Engineer Lake to Engineer Lake Cabin)

Closed Roads: Mystery Creek Road

Open facilities are shown in green on the fact sheet below:
Fire danger remains very high, visitors need to be extremely cautious with anything that may produce a spark or flame.
Visitors are asked to travel with caution as emergency vehicles and personnel may be traveling in the area.

For additional information, contact the Refuge Visitor Center at 907-260-2820 or online at

Modified Closure Order July 4 update (Download)

Facility Closure List July 4 update (Download Map)

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