Bighorn Canyon NRA Preparing for Summer 2014

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Date: April 24, 2014
Contact: Mel McArthur, 307-548-5406

Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area Prepares for Summer 2014

Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area is trying to get the park ready for the upcoming summer months even though the water in the lake is very low in expectation for a large melt off of the snow pack. At the moment, it is not possible to launch boats at Horseshoe Bend, and it will most likely be mid-June before there is enough water in the lake to launch there. The new log boom will be put in at Horseshoe Bend as soon as the water is high enough in the lake.

There are some places, however, where boats can be launched into the river or lake. Barry's Landing is open for launching at this time. The Kane ramp is open as well. In the north district, it is possible to launch at Ok-A-Beh. There is no fuel at Ok-A-Beh at this time. The dock is in at Barry's Landing.

Campgrounds are open all year, but the electric and water hookups will not be on at Horseshoe Bend until mid-May. Work is still needs to be done on the upper part of the Trail Creek Campground. The campgrounds at MK Hill, Grapevine and Afterbay in the north district are open with water.

The Medicine Creek floating toilet needs repairs, and the lake is too low to put it in at this time. It will most likely be mid-July before it is put in place. The lake level is too low to put the floating toilets in at Black Canyon, Day Board Nine and Dryhead. It is too low to put the floating toilets in the south district as well. It will most likely be mid-May before the water is high enough to place these floating toilets.

Did You Know?

Fisherman's Catch, photo by Doug Haacke

The Bighorn River is rated one of the world’s finest trout streams because of its abundant and large trout, dense insect hatches, and easy accessibility. When water is plentiful, populations of brown and rainbow trout can number almost 11,000 fish per mile. More...

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