The unofficial start to summer is almost here and many Idahoans are ready to get out and get camping Memorial Day weekend. I talked with a few of my friends the other day and most of them are planning an annual camping trip with their families.

The Boise National Forest is cautioning visitors this year though, that recent snow pack has created some different conditions than in recent years.

Many trails, roads, and campgrounds above 7,000 feet still have snow, so if you’re planning on going to high elevations you are being asked to contact the Ranger District Offices for current conditions on roads and at facilities.

It may almost be summer, but officials are cautioning people to prepare for realistic weather conditions at higher elevations.

The snow-melt has also created higher and faster running rivers, as well as very cold water temperatures. Camping and being in the water seems to go hand in handso if you are going to be in the water be careful.

Most areas below 7,000 feet are open, but Deadwood Reservoir and the some areas around Stanley have been closed because of snow.

Be sure to check the conditions before you make those plans!