Paving project delays at “The Mudhole” stall recreation season

USACE/Seattle District
Published June 27, 2024
Photo of a campground.

Photo of the Priest River Recreation Area known as “The Mudhole” in Idaho.

An extensive paving project at the Priest River Recreation Area “The Mudhole” places further delays to opening the campground for the 2024 season.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers officials originally expected to open the recreation area for the season in mid-July. However, there is currently no expected opening date.

While there is a small chance the day-use area will open sometime in August, the campground will not open in 2024.

“After the old pavement was removed, our contractor discovered sections of the base layer under the pavement that were unforeseen and unsuitable for supporting new pavement,” said Albeni Falls Dam Chief of Natural Resources Taylor Johnson.

“That discovery required removing more material than originally expected. We’re hoping that after removing the unsuitable material and replacing it with new material, this will allow our new pavement to last much longer. While we’re disappointed this finding is going to further delay opening for the season, we want this new pavement to last as long as the old pavement did,” said Johnson.

Reservations made after July 15 will be cancelled and visitors will be fully refunded. 

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If you have any questions, please contact:

Taylor Johnson

Chief, Natural Resources

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers – Seattle District

Albeni Falls Dam



Taylor Johnson
Nicole L. Celestine

Release no. 24-020