In anticipation for the thousands of visitors expected to visit Grant County over Memorial Day Weekend, the Sheriff's Office has released public safety instructions on the Moses Lake Sand Dunes.
According to the Grant County Sheriff's Office, camping restrictions at the Moses Lake Sand Dunes will be put into place to allow access for emergency responders. This year, camping will not be allowed anywhere west of the third restroom building to the intersection of Sand Dunes Road and Powerline Road.
These camping restrictions are being put into place due to large amounts of campers near the roadway. The Sheriff's Office said that combined with day user traffic, camping in that area causes huge traffic issues, sometimes leaving only enough room for one vehicle to pass at a time. In 2014, there was nearly 11,000 people at the dunes throughout Memorial Day weekend, many of whom were located at or near the beach. Camping restrictions are designed to allow better access to respond to emergencies with a lesser amount of congestion in the beach area.