Snowdrifts and melting snow slows opening of Loop Road past Louis Lake

(Lander, Wyo.) – Snow from this past winter continues to linger along portions of Louis Lake Rd., FR300, on the Washakie Ranger District of the Shoshone National Forest.

A section of Louis Lake Rd., also known as the Loop Rd., opened from the switchbacks to Worthen Meadows Campground at the end of May. The section of road from South Pass to Louis Lake is set to open this Friday, June 6.

With snow hanging on and drifting in other locations along the road, the remainder of the Louis Lake Rd. will remain closed until further notice to allow the snow to melt.

According to the Natural Resources Conservation Service, the snowpack in the Wind River Drainage is still 104 percent of median, as of Monday. The snowpack is not as heavy on the south end of the forest, as it is at Togwotee Pass in the north.

For further information about the closure, please contact the Washakie Ranger District office at 307-332-5460.

As the nation’s first national forest, the Shoshone National Forest has 2.4 million acres of diverse terrain and a mission to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the forest to meet the needs of present and future generations.

–Shoshone National Forest