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Sinkhole opens up near Oregon campground: 'Be aware this is highly unstable ground'

Sinkholes on southwest side of Wickiup Reservoir

OAKRIDGE, Ore. – Forest Service employees discovered a large sinkhole near a campground on Wickiup Reservoir over the weekend.

The 10-foot by 12-foot hole is about 4 1/2 feet deep.

“Be aware this is highly unstable ground,” said Gregg Garnett, manager of the Bureau of Reclamation’s Bend Field Office. “The immediate area around the hole could possibly collapse as well.”

The Bureau of Reclamation and the Deschutes National Forest want the public to stay away from the sinkhole near Reservoir Campground on the southwest side of the reservoir.

The campground boat ramp remains open at this time. The hole is about 250 feet away.

"Forest Service employees will continue to monitor the sinkhole to determine whether to keep the boat launch open," the federal agencies said in a press release. "The public is advised the boat launch may close in the future."

There is no estimate on when the hole will be stabilized, filled or otherwise mitigated.

"Reclamation geologists and Forest Service engineers are investigating the sinkhole," the press release says. "Plans to stabilize the hole are underway."

Updates on the status of the boat launch and campground are available on the Deschutes National Forest website and the Bureau of Reclamation website.

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