By Browns 4×4 & Auto Repair and the Littlerock Dam Wheelers
The Littlerock Dam is now open to off-roaders. This is a rare event, and everyone needs to come and participate while they can. The big trucks meet every Sunday.
The Littlerock Dam officially opened the weekend after Labor Day 2013, after a two-year shut out by the Forestry Department. We have been fighting the Forestry Department for over 20 years for the right to take 4-wheel drives in.
A group of us (Littlerock Dam Wheelers) tries to get it open every year, but some years we are not successful. The Forestry Department always comes up with excuses for why we are not allowed in, such as “water level is too high” or “endangered road” or “conflict with Palmdale Water District,” etc. We feel these are just excuses, because the area is designated for off-road use.
When they do allow us 4-wheelers in… IT’S A CELEBRATION!
This opening of the dam must be celebrated very big, as this may be the last time they ever let us in. Every time we are allowed in may be the last. How long will it be open this time? We never know, as they may close it down for any reason. This was demonstrated quite a few years back, when they raided us with a helicopter.
The whole purpose of the Sunday truck bog is to see who can out do the other…how far, how deep and how stuck you can get! All are welcome, spectators included. We encourage all to participate, however they can!
We especially invite the handicapped! We have Milam in the red jeep truck, who has a broken back and is partially paralyzed. We have Brandon in the blue truck, who is 29 years old and has rheumatoid arthritis and can barely walk. We have Tracy, who has lost a leg to diabetes. He is a spectator. We have Toyota Mike, who was crushed at work and now has a knee replacement. The list goes on and on.
We are a hell of a crowd, and we do not believe in self-pity. We will all enjoy the Dam every chance we get. Everyone needs to come down on Sunday!
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Editor’s Note: We confirmed with an official at the Littlerock Dam that it is now open to off-roaders on Saturdays and Sundays. ATVs, dirt bikes and big trucks are welcome, the official said.