Bighorn Canyon Gearing up for Busy Summer
Contact: Christy Fleming, 307-548-5406
Bighorn Canyon announced that the boat ramp at Horseshoe Bend will probably not open for the Memorial Day Weekend. Lake levels must be at 3617 for safe launching levels at Horseshoe Bend. With lower than average spring precipitation and inflows into Bighorn Lake, coupled with cool weather predicted for Memorial Day weekend, it doesn’t look as if the lake will reach that point. As soon as a safe launching level of 3617 is reached, the ramp will be opened and docks will be installed.
Bighorn Canyon crews continue to work on remodeling the Horseshoe Bend Campground. Loop A will be open for the holiday weekend with 10 newly remodeled sites and several original sites. Water and electric hook-ups are not yet available for the new sites. Loop B is still under construction and will remained closed until work is complete. The Afterbay and Trail Creek campgrounds are open. The dump and fill stations in the campgrounds are open, as well as the fish cleaning stations. All hiking trails are open and offer a variety of spring and summer scenery.
The Horseshoe Bend Marina will be open this year. It was scheduled to open on Memorial Day Weekend, but will not open until there is enough water to launch from Horseshoe Bend. The marina will be stocked with life vests, fishing supplies, bait, Wyoming fishing licenses, water recreation items, snacks and picnic supplies. They will also have paddle boats, canoes, and tubes available for rent. Ok-A-Beh Marina opens May 24, 2008. Food, gas, and boat rentals will be available.
The docks are in at Barry’s Landing, and Ok-A-Beh. The concession docks and the gas dock are installed at Ok-A-Beh. Floating restrooms are located near Black Canyon and at Day Board 9, Box Canyon, and Dryhead Creek. Due to low lake levels the Black Canyon campground is not available for the coming weekend. When lake levels rise the Black Canyon docks will be installed. The Devil Canyon floating restroom will be installed shortly after Horseshoe Bend opens and the docks at Medicine Creek campground will be put in place when the lake level reaches 3625.
For current lake conditions or help planning a visit, visitors may call the Cal S. Taggart Bighorn Canyon Visitor Center at 307-548-5406.
Everyone is invited to come and enjoy Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area.
Did You Know?
Fort C.F. Smith, was the most isolated of the posts which guarded the Bozeman Trail. Active from August 1866 to July 1868, it was under constant threat from the Sioux and Northern Cheyenne tribes during Red Cloud’s War. The U.S. government was forced to abandon the fort and trail. Some historians have called this conflict, “the first war the United States ever lost.” More...