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South Pass City to Celebrate National Public Lands Day on September 28


Contact:  Joe Ellis, 307-332-3684

South Pass City to Celebrate National Public Lands Day on September 28

Wyoming State Parks, the Friends of South Pass, the Wyoming Wilderness Association, the Wyoming Outdoor Council, and the National Outdoor Leadership School will celebrate National Public Lands Day, September 28, at South Pass City with the Run the Red half marathon, 45K, and 120K races, alongside all-day events and a trail stewardship project.

Originally conceived to honor the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act of 1964 and the 30th anniversary of the Wyoming Wilderness Act, the Run the Red races have become an annual celebration of Wyoming's wildest places. 

The races begin at South Pass City and interested runners can register for Run the Red at www.wildwyo.org/run-the-red.

Other events scheduled at South Pass City on September 28 include a guided Jeep Tour of the northern Red Desert with the Friends of South Pass at 9:15 a.m., and a volunteer stewardship opportunity starting at 9:30 a.m. to help maintain the trails at the historic site, sponsored by the Wyoming Outdoor Council.  Tools and gear will be provided for anyone interested in helping with trail maintenance.

At noon, Naturalist John Mioncynski will lead a nature hike on the trail from South Pass City to the recently opened English Tunnel, a gold mine dating back to 1868.

At 1 p.m., staff from the state historic site will provide a guided tour of the Flood and Hindle Trails around South Pass City as well as a guided tour of the Carissa Mine at 2:30 p.m.  Lander’s Ananda Yoga Studio will offer a Slow Flow Yoga session at 3 p.m.

A series of guest speakers will talk beginning at 4 p.m., including: Clare Gallagher, one of the top female ultra runners in the country and a Patagonia sponsored athlete; John Mionczynski, a local naturalist and ethnobotanist; and Martin Blackburn, a member of the Northern Arapaho Tribe who will speak about the cultural significance of the Red Desert.

Musical entertainment will begin at 5 p.m. with John Mioncynski on piano, followed by the Low Water String Band from 6 to 8 p.m.

For more information, please visit https://www.southpasscity.com/run-the-red.

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Portion of Keyhole Reservoir Under HCBs Advisory


Advisory Regarding Harmful Cyanobacterial Blooms (HCBs) in Wyoming Waters

Keyhole Reservoir Under Advisory

The Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) is issuing an advisory for Keyhole Reservoir due to a harmful cyanobacterial bloom (HCB). This advisory is for the section of the reservoir near where Wind Creek intersects with Hwy. 113/Old Sundance Road only.

HCBs, previously referred to as harmful algal blooms or HABs, are associated with irritants and can produce a number of toxins that may pose a risk to people, pet and livestock health. In the event of an elevated risk or occurrence for toxin production by cyanobacteria, the WDH issues a recreational use health advisory. Under an advisory, WDH recommends the following:

  • Avoid contact with the water, especially in areas where cyanobacteria are dense and form scums. Do not use the water for recreational activities that involve frequent contact with the water (i.e., wading, skiing, bathing, and swimming).
  • The water should not be consumed. Boiling, filtration and/or chlorination will not remove cyanotoxins and will not make the water safe for drinking.
  • Fish can be eaten if they are rinsed with clean water. Eat only the fillet portion of the fish. Discard all fat, skin and organs before cooking as toxins are likely to collect in these tissues.
  • Avoid inhalation of water. Do not participate in recreational activities that may cause water to spray or mist. Boating is safe but avoid boating in areas with floating cyanobacteria scums.
  • Keep pets and/or livestock away from the water. Do not allow animals to drink the water, eat dried cyanobacteria, or groom themselves after contact with the water.

Contact with cyanobacteria can result in rashes, hives or skin blisters. Human consumption or inhalation of cyanotoxins can cause severe diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, numbness or dizziness. Signs of animal poisoning include weakness, staggering, difficulty breathing, convulsions and death. Cyanobacteria and toxins pose a special health risk for young children, pregnant women, people with compromised immune systems, pets and livestock. If people or animals come into contact with the water, rinse off with clean water as soon as possible. Seek medical attention or call Wyoming Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222 if you feel that you have been exposed to cyanotoxins and are experiencing adverse health effects. If pets or livestock are displaying symptoms, call a veterinarian.

Lakes or reservoirs under an Advisory are not closed. Marinas, lakeside parks and camping facilities are open for business. Any closed areas will be specifically noted. Visitors are advised to err on the side of caution, use their best judgement, and follow the recommendations by WDH when using the water.

The Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality (WDEQ), in cooperation with lake and reservoir management agencies, samples publicly accessible lakes and reservoirs in response to HCBs. Additional monitoring is being conducted on Keyhole Reservoir. WDH will let you know when the situation has been resolved or if additional precautions should be taken. WDH is working closely with Wyoming State Parks to minimize any potential harm.

For more information, please contact Dr. Karl Musgrave, State Environmental Health Epidemiologist, Wyoming Department of Health, at (307) 777-5825. An emergency hotline is available 24 hours a day at 1(888) 996-9104. Please share this information with all the other people who use the affected water, especially those who may not be aware of the advisory.



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Wyoming State Parks Offering Recreational Trails Program Funding


The Wyoming Division of State Parks, Historic Sites and Trails Program, through the Federal Highway Administration Recreational Trails Program (RTP), is offering funding for trail-related projects throughout the State of Wyoming.

Local, state or federal agencies and qualifying private organizations who meet the requirements outlined in the program guidelines may apply.

For applications, guidelines and deadline, please visit https://wyoparks.wyo.gov/index.php/rtp-grant-information-trails or contact Louisa Lopez at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 307-777-6491.


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