Mouth of Providence Canyon.
LOGAN – As many Utahns head into the mountains for Memorial Holiday Weekend, officials are advising outdoor recreational athletes about some areas that are closed for camping and target shooting. The new restrictions apply to certain parts of the Providence-Millville Wildlife Management Area (WMA).
Scott Walker, program manager for Utah’s Habitats Division of Wildlife Resources, stated that shooting and camping restrictions are being implemented at the mouths of the Providence and Millville Gorges. The restrictions only apply to the canyon floor areas that are on state territory.
“So the closure only applies to the canyon floors that border those two streets,” said Walker. “If someone wants to put on a backpack and hike up the mountain, they are more than welcome at the camp. And if they get away from the streets and away from people, they are welcome to shoot as long as they are safe. “
The restrictions apply to the first mile of Providence Canyon and the half mile of Millville Canyon. Outside the wildlife sanctuary, people enter US Forest Service land, which currently has no similar restrictions.
Walker said the ban on camping and target shooting is to reduce litter, vandalism, habitat degradation and overcrowding in the areas. There are also incidents of illegal activity, drug use and domestic violence in transition camps that have been set up in recent years.
“You will only move in for the summer and bring everything that goes with it. We found trash, trash, blankets, bookshelves, and grills. Then when they leave it just leaves a mess. We tried to enforce the 10 day limit per site, but we have a lot of squatters. They just find a place and try to move in for the summer. There is a problem with that. “
Wildlife managers had previously banned shooting targets in Providence Canyon for safety reasons because of the trails and buildings in the area. The campground closure and additional shooting restrictions for Millville Canyon will be new this spring.
The Millville-Providence WMA, along with 6 other WMAs in Northern Utah, provides a sanctuary for animals to stay undisturbed in the winter. They are closed to all public access except the canyons from January 1st to the 2nd Saturday in April to protect the overwintering wildlife.