BEAR GAP - The Weiser Forest District is opening the gates on Roaring Creek Trail Sunday, Oct. 14, to the public for a controlled drive-through.

This is the third year for this event that give the public an opportunity to access and view this picturesque valley. The district receives many inquiries from older individuals and others that find it difficult the walk the four miles to the large lake and picnic area in the center of this tract.

Between 400 to 600 vehicles passed through during the previous two drive-through events, and officials want the public to note the following details and conditions:

- The Oct. 14 drive will be open to passenger vehicles only. Vehicles towing trailers/campers, buses, motor homes and other large vehicles will not be permitted.

- The drive-through will begin at the Route 54 parking area gate at 9:30 a.m. and remain open until 2 p.m. Traffic will be restricted to Roaring Creek Trail in a one-way direction along this eight-mile trail with exit at the Route 42 gate. All vehicles will be required to exit the state forest by 3 p.m.

- Individuals who possess a valid fishing license may cast a line from the shore or in their canoe or kayak. Canoes and kayaks are permitted on the McWilliams and Kline's reservoirs. A valid launch permit from the DCNR or Fish and Boat Commission affixed to the boat is required. Canoes and kayaks must be transported by rooftop or in the bed of a pick-up truck.

Bureau personnel will be posted along the trail and points of interest to assist the public and answer questions.

For more information, the public may contact the Weiser Forest District Office at 385-7800.