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Mountain bikes, boats and fishing poles are really just toys for grown-ups; so go be a kid again. After all, we've got plenty of trails for getting mud on those tires, including those in Guernsey, Buffalo Bill and Curt Gowdy State Parks.

If making a splash is more your style, we've got space for water sports and fishing at our many reservoirs . Once you're done playing, soak those bones in the therapeutic mineral water at Hot Springs State Park. 

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Keyhole Reservoir Investigated for Cyanobacterial Blooms

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August 10, 2020

A concerned visitor alerted Wyoming State Parks that their pets became ill after a recent visit to Keyhole State Park.  

KHHCBsOut of an abundance of caution, park staff posted warning signs and contacted the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ).  That agency is proceeding with an investigation of a potential harmful cyanobacterial bloom (HCB). 

The investigation is currently only for the section of the reservoir in the upper end of Cottonwood Bay, potentially affecting Pronghorn, Tatanka, Arch Rock, Cottonwood, and Homestead campgrounds.  

Recent and repeated satellite imagery does not show the presence of HCB, and park staff have visually surveyed the potentially affected areas on land and from the reservoir, and have not seen any evidence of a bloom. DEQ is sending staff to investigate, and the Wyoming Department of Health has been alerted.

Lakes or reservoirs under investigation 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 and use their best judgement when recreating in this area.

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Buffalo Bill Visitor Center Celebrates 26th Anniversary During Great Dam Day

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August 7, 2020

Come celebrate the 26th Anniversary of the Buffalo Bill Dam Visitor Center during Great Dam Day, August 15, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

BB-great-dam-day-8-2011hBuffalo Bill Dam Visitor Center along with Buffalo Bill State Park host this year’s event at the Visitor Center located six miles west of Cody on HWY 14/16/20.

In addition to the events planned, there will be different interpretive learning stations located below the visitor center on the old road to Yellowstone below the dam.

Through cooperation with the Bureau of Reclamation, the old dam road is open  next to the visitor center one time during the year, allowing the public to walk or ride bicycle to take in the views from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Rides back to the center will be available. 

Fat Racks BBQ will have food available for purchase at the visitor center lot. Also, the Bureau of Land Management will have activities for kids to participate in.

Buffalo Bill Dam was completed in 1910 and is on the National Register of Historic Places. Buffalo Bill Dam was the tallest dam in the world upon completion. Construction began in 1904 and work was dangerous, difficult and tedious.

The completed water storage supplies four irrigation districts encompassing over 93,000 acres of farmland.

Youth and adults alike will find the views and history fascinating. Staff and volunteers will be on-site to answer questions and provide assistance.

The event is open and free to the public. For any questions, please contact the Buffalo Bill Dam Visitor Center General Manager Leslie Slater Wilson, at (307) 527-6076.

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Boysen Reservoir: Harmful Cyanobacterial Bloom (HCB) Recreational Use Advisory

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August 7, 2020

 

The Wyoming Department of Health has issued recreational use advisories for Boysen Reservoir, Ocean Lake, Saratoga Lake, Wheatland Reservoir #3, and Leazenby Lake due to harmful cyanobacterial blooms (HCB). HCBs are also referred to as harmful algal blooms (HABs) since cyanobacteria are commonly known as blue-green algae. The Department of Health issues advisories to inform the public that there may be health risks for people and animals in areas where HCBs occur. Lakes and reservoirs under a recreational use advisory are not closed since HCBs may only be present in certain areas of the waterbody and conditions can change frequently. The advisory will remain in place until the bloom has fully dissipated and cyanotoxin concentrations are below recreational use thresholds identified in Wyoming's HCB Action Plan, or until the primary recreation season ends on September 30th, whichever comes first.

Potential blooms were identified by satellite imagery from the Cyanobacteria Assessment Network (CyAN) or reported to the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality. The Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality visited the lakes and reservoirs on July 29, 2020 and collected water samples. Cyanobacteria densities exceeded the 20,000 cells/mL recreational use threshold identified in Wyoming’s HCB Action Plan. Cyanotoxin results are pending. The Wyoming Department of Health is working directly with resource management agencies to ensure that signs are posted at the lakes and reservoirs. The status of advisories in Wyoming as well as other HCB resources can be found at WyoHCBs.org.

If you encounter a potential HCB, the Wyoming Department of Health and Wyoming Livestock Board recommend the following:

  • Avoid contact with water in the vicinity of the bloom, especially in areas where cyanobacteria are dense and form scums.
  • Do not ingest water from the bloom. Boiling, filtration and/or other treatments will not remove toxins.
  • Rinse fish with clean water and eat only the fillet portion.
  • Avoid water spray from the bloom.
  • Do not allow pets or livestock to drink water near the bloom, eat bloom material, or lick fur after contact.
  • If people, pets, or livestock come into contact with a bloom, rinse off with clean water as soon as possible and contact a doctor or veterinarian.

Questions about health effects and recreational use advisories can be directed to Dr. Karl Musgrave, State Environmental Health Epidemiologist / State Public Health Veterinarian, Wyoming Department of Health, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (307) 777-5825.

Questions regarding cyanobacteria sampling can be directed to Michael Thomas, Natural Resource Analyst, Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (307) 777-2073, or Lindsay Patterson, Surface Water Quality Standards Coordinator, Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (307) 777-7079.

 

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