New winter parking regs for Spring Creek
Winter parking restrictions in the Spring Creek Cabin Tract subdivision are now effective and will last through May 10, the U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit announced today.
The regulations control the number of vehicles that can park in the tract, and establishes winter parking locations for users of the area. The Spring Creek Tract resides on public land managed by the Forest Service. The purpose for the parking plan is to improve resource protection by reducing soil damage, erosion and roadside drainage run-off.
The Forest Service’s winter parking plan for the area came as a result of a negotiated agreement between the Forest Service and the Spring Creek Winter Access Committee. The parking plan allows limited public parking along Spring Creek Road over the winter months and only in specified paved areas.
Posted parking signs designate the parking zones. Violations are subject to citation. The Forest Service has established this parking plan on a trial basis for one year, and will evaluate it for effectiveness.
The Forest Service is recommending that backcountry users park in the Taylor Creek Sno-Park, about one mile south of the Spring Creek Road.
Anyone parking in the Sno-Park must display a current 2007/08 Sno-Park permit issued by the California Department of Parks and Recreation at various locations throughout the Basin. Visit
http://ohv.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=1233 for permit sales locations.
The Sno-Park allows access to Mt. Tallac’s South Bowls, as well as an alternate route to the peak’s summit.