TRIANGLE LAKE, Ore.-- A popular outdoor attraction in Lane County is now closed, citing a long list of safety concerns.
The Bureau of Land Management shut down the Triangle Lake Rock Slides last Thursday for at least a few months according to one official.
The agency said large crowds have brought unsafe conditions for visitors. The small area created health concerns with a lack of social distancing, while limited parking created hazardous conditions with people parking and walking on Highway 36. Cheryl Adcock said the agency tried their best to accommodate but it was too much.
"We tried as many measures as we could to keep it open safely but when it came down to it this week we realized we just couldn't," Adcock said.
Throughout Sunday, visitors, some from as far away as the Portland Metro area, were told the news when they arrived in the parking lot. Including Matthew Carr who drove down from Hillsboro with his two sons.
"It's unfortunate that there's been vandalism and it's just to bad for us who are responsible," Carr said.
However, the persistent problems of the attraction have created a headache for locals in the area. Mackeley Cullmer lives in Blachly and works at a grocery store in Triangle Lake. She said visitors have been leaving trash, getting hurt, and causing a traffic nightmare.
"A lot of people have been falling off the rock slides and bumping their heads," Mackeley said. "All the litter down there is appalling. We had two cool guys come in, they're really sweet, and pick up five large trash bags of trash, just from that day."
Adcock said this is not the end of the Rock Slides. She said the Bureau of Land Management is working on plans to build more parking and more trails so it's safer for visitors.
When the agency deems the area is safe, the attraction will be back open.