LADWP Announces Closure of Certain Recreational Areas in Support of “Safer at Home” Order

BISHOP, CA (April 1, 2020) – In keeping with LADWP’s commitment to be good environmental stewards and promote the health and safety of the residents, visitors and employees in the Eastern Sierra, the following LADWP areas and/or locations are CLOSED to the public indefinitely in support of the Safer At Home Order: Owens River Gorge, including Control Gorge, Middle and Upper Gorge parking areas; and the parking areas at Happy and Sad Boulders.

LADWP will continue to monitor and assess the situation and announce further closures as necessary.

LADWP asks that everyone obey posted signs as trespassing is prohibited by law and encourages individuals to continue practicing social distancing and stay home to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

LADWP understands the public’s need to enjoy the benefits of nature during the COVID-19 pandemic. For people wishing to enjoy the outdoors, public health officials are advising people to walk, run, hike and bike in their local neighborhoods and maintain a social/physical distance of 6 feet or more.

We appreciate the public’s understanding and patience during these uncertain times. We will #PowerOnTogether.

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5 Responses to LADWP Announces Closure of Certain Recreational Areas in Support of “Safer at Home” Order

  1. Timmy Largo April 3, 2020 at 4:12 pm #

    Owens Gorge. You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy.

  2. Josh Dixon April 3, 2020 at 6:21 am #

    Agenda 21 is now in full effect, Cancel Christmas folks ????????☹️

  3. Genevieve Woods April 2, 2020 at 8:45 pm #

    Two weeks ago I took my children on a walking geology tour of the Gorge, looking at the different kinds of Bishop Tuff with magnifying glasses. Now we can’t do that. A local geologist gave me the information to take my kids on that tour, and I gave that information to many other parents. But if they didn’t already go, they are out of luck. Two weeks ago there were two other cars parked at the upper gorge. We saw one of the car owners, we stayed well over six feet apart. Bishop, the small town with a big backyard, but now that backyard is closed to the town residents. The risk of transmission at the grocery store is so, so much higher than in the great outdoors, and yet very few people are wearing gloves or masks at the grocery store. I think this focus on keeping others out, on closing the outdoors to people is based on misguided fear. Yes we should be afraid, but not of sun and wind. We should be figuring out how to buy bread safely. I think LADWP should reopen the Gorge.

  4. Art La Cues April 2, 2020 at 3:24 pm #

    LADWP continues to show it is a good neighbor in this challenging time!


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