Celebrates National Public Lands Day at Bighorn Canyon
Contact: Christy Fleming, 307-548-5406
Saturday, September 28, 2013 is National Public Lands Day. It is the country's biggest day of volunteering on public lands all year. It is also entrance fee free at all National Park Service sites, Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation and US Forest Service.
National Public Lands Day is a great time to enjoy and highlight outdoor possibilities. Bighorn Canyon offers wonderful year round boating, fishing and hiking opportunities. All hiking trails are open and offer a variety of fall and winter scenery. Bighorn Canyon invites you to enjoy and explore the different seasons at the lake, but asks you to be aware that some facilities are closed or will soon be closed for the winter.
With cold weather sneaking up on us, Bighorn Canyon employees are busy preparing various facilities for winter conditions. The Horseshoe Bend Marina and Ok-A-Beh Marina are closed for the season. No gas is available on the lake. Concession docks at both marinas will be pulled by October 7 but are closed for visitor use. The courtesy docks at Barry's Landing, Horseshoe Bend, and Ok-A-Beh currently remain in the water. They are scheduled to be removed in mid-November. Boat ramps usually remain open all winter, however access and use is dependent upon snow, ice, and road conditions.
The Horseshoe Bend Campground will be winterized on September 26th. The Campground remains open year-round, but utilities at the improved sites and water to the restrooms in the campground will be turned off and the utility fee will be suspended until next spring. The dump and fill stations at Horseshoe Bend and near the Afterbay Campground the fish cleaning stations in the park will be winterized at this time.
The Horseshoe Bend, Trail Creek, Medicine Creek, Afterbay, Grapevine, and Black Canyon campgrounds remain open year round. The floating comfort stations have been removed from the lake.Camping access and use are subject to winter weather and lake conditions.
For current lake conditions or help planning a visit, visitors may call the
Did You Know?
Long before the Bighorn River was tamed by the Yellowtail Dam, the roiling waters through the canyon were feared. During spring snowmelt, the water turned into a raging torrent, a combination of whirlpools, rapids, and eddies. Conversely, the river through the canyon had a reputation for being placid by late summer, when dry heat and lack of rainfall turned it into a sedate stream. More...