- Associated Press - Friday, March 13, 2015

BEND, Ore. (AP) - The mild winter has a Central Oregon resort owner pushing for an early opening of the Cascade Lakes Highway.

Pat Prieve, owner of the Elk Lake Resort, told The Bend Bulletin (https://is.gd/NpHceA ) he recently approached Deschutes County officials about opening the south gate to the highway, located between Crane Prairie Reservoir and Lava Lake

The county generally starts plowing the way toward Elk Lake from the south gate in early April, while the north gate near Mount Bachelor typically opens Memorial Day weekend. The lack of snow this year has left the southern approach mostly clear.

Prieve says getting the gate open would make it easier to get guests to the resort.

Deschutes County spokeswoman Anna Johnson says she’s not heard anything from the road department about opening the highway early, but that could change since it’s been “a different kind of winter.”


Information from: The Bulletin, https://www.bendbulletin.com

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