Campbell River Natural Resource District Road Safety Information
- Seasonal Travel
- Driving Forest Service Roads - Campbell River Natural Resource District (PDF)
- Radio Calling Standard Operating Procedure - Campbell River Natural Resource District (PDF)
- Resource Road User Safety Guide (PDF)
- Campbell River Coast Radio Frequency Map V10_9 (PDF)
- Zeballos FSR and Fair Harbour FSR
The Zeballos and Fair Harbour Forest Service Roads are driveable by car all the way from Highway 19 to Fair Harbour. There are some rough sections particularly between Zeballos and Fair Harbour. Crews and equipment are actively working on improving rough sections. Please drive with caution.
- Atluck FSR
Please be aware of burned logs and stumps that have fallen onto the road which may create a safety hazard to traffic. Use caution and do not stop on the road from approximately 19 km to 26 km.
- Multiple Roads
Please be aware there are numerous areas where wildfires have burned near Forest Service Roads (FSR). The public is asked not to stop in these areas due to potential falling debris and trees, safety is a priority.
- Please be advised that BC Timber Sales will be closing the Artlish Main FSR at 7 km from November 6 to November 16, 2018 for a bridge replacement project.
Please be advised that the Menzies Mainline has been closed at approximately 39 km due to significant road damage.
Work In-Progress/Upcoming Works
Please be advised that road improvement activities will be taking place from 15 - 19 km on the Zeballos FSR until November 30, 2018. Expect minor delays and please plan your travel accordingly.
Please be advised of BC Timber Sales ongoing road maintenance until November 30, 2018 on the Artlish Main FSR.
Motorized Vehicle Restrictions
- Campbell River Watershed - John Hart Lake Restrictions
The City of Campbell River draws its drinking water supply from John Hart Lake mostly via the BC Hydro intake dam and penstocks. On October 15, 2001 the Ministry of Forests in cooperation with the City of Campbell River moved to protect the city’s water supply. To that end, several roads within the community watershed are closed to motorized vehicles. In addition, an order to prohibit camping along the shores of the John Hart Lake is in place.
The intent of the order is to protect the drinking water used by the residents of the Campbell River area. Motor vehicles can cause sediment and petroleum products to enter the water supply. Campers can introduce human fecal coliform and other pollutants.
Please see the John Hart Road and Camping Closures Map for futher details.
For additional information please visit the City of Campbell River website at http://www.campbellriver.ca/city-services/water/watershed-protection/
- Snowden Demonstration Forest Trails
Established trails within the Snowden Demonstration Forest are classified as non-motorized trails and use of motorized vehicles is prohibited.
- Off-Road Vehicle Information
Seasonal conditions exist on most roads. Back-country roads may present a variety of conditions ranging from rough and/or wet with soft muddy sections to dry and dusty sections resulting in reduced visibility. Where avalanche paths exist, the roads may be partially covered with residual debris. As always, caution is advised on all roads and back-country travellers should be aware of rapidly changing weather conditions including stream flows which may affect road conditions. Travellers should also be mindful when entering tsunami areas and pay close attention to tsunami evacuation route signage.
It is strongly recommended that travellers on winter roads take the following precautions:
- Ensure your vehicle is well maintained and has reliable tires (seasonably dependent) installed
- Always carry chains
- Ensure your vehicle is equipped with an emergency kit - i.e. first aid kit, shovel, axe, matches, lighter, blankets, rope etc.
- Drive accordingly to road and weather conditions and drive defensively expecting the unexpected
- Never exceed posted speed limits
- Keep a safe distance behind vehicles; you must be able to stop in half the distance that you can clearly see
- Notify someone of your departure time and expected time of arrival at destination
- In extreme conditions, re-evaluate the need to travel