Triplicate Staff

Panther Flat Campground, 3 miles east of Gasquet, shut down water systems Thursday due to "extraordinarily low" water levels in the well that supplies the facility, a U.S. Forest Service press release said.

While one faucet has remained on temporarily in the hope of being able to provide some access to drinking water, monitoring has revealed that water flows continue to decrease, according to the release.

"It is possible that all water to the campground will be shut off in the near future," the release said.

Flush toilets and showers are closed. Portable toilets and hand washing stations are being provided. Campers are advised to bring their own drinking and camp water. Water containers may also be filled at the Gasquet Ranger Station. Although the Ranger Station is closed on weekends, the water faucet is near the front door and available for use, the release said.

Panther Flat Campground is normally open year round, although reservations are only accepted through Labor Day. Reservations maybe made throughRecreation.govor by calling 877-444-6777. Individuals who wish to cancel existing reservations due to the water shutoff at the campground can do so by calling the same number.

Currently, Patrick Creek Campground, 5 miles east of Panther Flat, is still able to offer drinking water and flush toilets, and the water situation at Patrick Creek is being monitored daily, the release said.

Patrick Creek also stops taking reservations immediately after Labor Day, and closes for the season on Sept. 10.

Grassy Flat Campground, which did not have water available at all this year, will close Sept. 9. Big Flat Campground will close Oct. 15.

For more information, call Carrie Carter-Griffin at 457-3975.