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09 August 2022

Wyoming Department of Health Issues New Harmful Cyanobacterial Bloom (HCB) Recreational Use Advisories

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Wyoming Department of Health Issues New Harmful Cyanobacterial Bloom (HCB) Recreational Use Advisories

The Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) has issued a harmful cyanobacterial bloom (HCB) recreational use Bloom Advisory for Brooks Lake, Flaming Gorge Reservoir, Glendo Reservoir, Rainbow Lake, Sloan Lake, Upper Brooks Lake, and Upper Jade Lake based on data provided by the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ). The WDH is working directly with resource management agencies to ensure that signs are posted at all waterbodies with advisories. Additional details regarding advisory status, including changes to the type of advisory, and other HCB resources can be found at WyoHCBs.org

The WDH issues recreational use advisories when cyanobacterial cell densities or cyanotoxin concentrations pose a risk to people engaging in swimming or similar water contact activities in areas where cyanobacterial blooms occur. HCBs may also pose a health risk to animals. Bloom Advisories are issued when a HCB is present and toxins may be present. Toxin Advisories are issued when cyanotoxins exceed recreational thresholds. Waterbodies under an advisory are not closed since HCBs may only be present in certain areas and conditions can change frequently. Advisories will remain in place until blooms have fully dissipated and cyanotoxin concentrations are below recreational use thresholds identified in Wyoming's HCB Action Plan.

If you encounter a potential HCB, the Wyoming Department of Health and the 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 Courtney Tillman, Surveillance Epidemiologist, Wyoming Department of Health, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (307) 777-5522. Questions regarding cyanobacteria sampling can be directed to Kelsee Hurshman, 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.

Current HCB Recreational Use Advisories*

Waterbody Name Observation or Sampling Location(s)    Advisory Type   Date Issued
Big Sandy Reservoir East Dam Bloom 07/14/2022
Boysen Reservoir Lake Side Ramp, Brannon Ramp Bloom 07/21/2022
Brooks Lake Boat Ramp Bloom 08/04/2022
Diamond Lake Northwest Access Bloom 07/28/2022
Eden Reservoir South Outlet Bloom 07/14/2022
Flaming Gorge Reservoir Firehole Canyon, Buckboard Ramp Bloom 08/04/2022
Gillette Fishing Lake South Shore Bloom 06/08/2022
Glendo Reservoir Sandy Beach Dune Campground Bloom 07/26/2022
Goshen Hole Reservoir Northwest Ramp Toxin 07/28/2022
West Granite Springs Reservoir West Causeway Bloom 07/28/2022
Keyhole Reservoir Rocky Point Bloom 07/28/2022
Leazenby Lake South Access Bloom 07/20/2022
Miller Lake Northwest Shore Bloom 08/01/2022
Rainbow Lake Southeast Shore Bloom 08/04/2022
Saratoga Lake East Beach Bloom 07/28/2022
Sloan Lake South Beach Bloom 08/04/2022
Toltec Reservoir West Ramp Bloom 07/20/2022
Upper Brooks Lake East Shore Bloom 08/04/2022
Upper Jade Lake South Shore Bloom 08/04/2022
Wheatland Reservoir Number 3 Northwest Ramp Bloom  07/28/2022
Woodruff Narrows Reservoir North Ramp Bloom 07/20/2022
08 August 2022

Public Invited to Buffalo Bill State Park Shop for a Bird Nesting Box Workshop

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Interested in learning basic carpentry skills while benefiting Buffalo Bill State Park and its bluebird and owl population?

The public is invited to the Buffalo Bill State Park shop for a bird nesting box workshop August 16 from 9 a.m. until noon. The boxes will be placed at various locations in the park at a later date and benefit birds such as Bluebirds and Owls. Come help build these fun boxes for the park’s birds.

The Buffalo Bill State Park shop is located at 49 Lakeside Road near Cody, 11 miles up North Fork on US 14-16-20.

Please RSVP by calling park headquarters at 307-587-9227.

08 August 2022

Buffalo Bill State Park celebrates Great Dam Day August 20

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Come celebrate the 28th Anniversary of the Buffalo Bill Dam Visitor Center during Great Dam Day, August 20, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Buffalo 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.

20 July 2022

Connor Battlefield Campground reopens

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Connor Battlefield Campground near Ranchester, closed earlier this year due to flooding, has reopened.

The campground is expected to remain open through October 31 weather permitting.

For more information, please call 307-684-7629.

20 July 2022

Restrictions & Urgent Updates

Boysen, Glendo, Gowdy & Keyhole HCB Warning

Click here to find out more!


Keyhole State Park to follow Crook County fire restrictions

In accordance with restrictions instituted by the Crook County Commission, open fires are restricted at Keyhole State Parks beginning July 22, 2022.

Despite these fire restrictions, an enjoyable camping experience is still possible. Propane grills/stoves can still be used to prepare popular camping dishes. These grills must have covers/lids and be within an arm’s length when lit. Charcoal grills and stoves are not permitted. A variety of other imaginative ideas can help preserve the camping experience such as solar lights in the firepit.

However, as always, the possession of fireworks is prohibited in all Wyoming State Parks.


Fire Ban Instituted for Glendo and Guernsey State Parks June 21, 2022

To help protect the natural resources in Platte County, open fires are restricted at Glendo and Guernsey State Parks beginning June 22, 2022.

Despite these fire restrictions instituted by the Platte County Commission, an enjoyable camping experience is still possible. Propane grills/stoves and charcoal grills can still be used to prepare popular camping dishes and provide adequate warmth. These grills must have covers/lids and be within an arm’s length when lit. A variety of other imaginative ideas can help preserve the camping experience such as solar lights in the firepit.

However, as always, the possession of fireworks is prohibited in all Wyoming State Parks.

 

19 July 2022

Keyhole State Park to follow Crook County fire restrictions

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In accordance with restrictions instituted by the Crook County Commission, open fires are restricted at Keyhole State Parks beginning July 22, 2022.

Despite these fire restrictions, an enjoyable camping experience is still possible. Propane grills/stoves can still be used to prepare popular camping dishes. These grills must have covers/lids and be within an arm’s length when lit. Charcoal grills and stoves are not permitted. A variety of other imaginative ideas can help preserve the camping experience such as solar lights in the firepit.

However, as always, the possession of fireworks is prohibited in all Wyoming State Parks.

18 July 2022

Seminoe State Park to host Women Who Hike

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Wyoming State Park's Shoshone District is excited to welcome Women Who Hike for a campout, weekend of community, and service project July 29-31 at Seminoe State Park.

Women are invited to register via eventbrite for two nights of camping, a canoe trip, and a hike at Seminoe State Park. We will partake in volunteer services by assessing the park for future trails and provide feedback to park staff of what user groups like women hikers would like to see. 

Tickets are $40 and can be purchased at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wyoming-state-parks-campout-july-29th-tickets-383522876247?aff=ebdssbdestsearch.  

18 July 2022

Trail End State Park to host Summer Evening event

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Wednesday, July 27, 2022
6:00pm -8:00 pm
Trail End State Historic Site
400 Clarendon Avenue, Sheridan, Wyoming

FREE event

Join us at the Kendrick Mansion on Wednesday, July 27, 2022, for our 8th annual Summer Evening at the Mansion. From 6 p.m. until 8 p.m., visitors can tour the mansion for free, play badminton and croquet on the lawn, bring a picnic supper, enjoy complimentary cookies and lemonade, listen to live music, and see antique cars!

This is a family-friendly and completely free event, sponsored by the Kendrick Mansion’s friends group, the Trail End Guilds, Inc.

The Kendrick Mansion is a 1913 historic house museum located at 400 Clarendon Avenue, Sheridan, on the grounds of Trail End State Historic Site. Trail End is a division of Wyoming State Parks. For more information or directions, visit our website at www.trailend.org, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/trailend, or call us at 307-674-4589.

11 July 2022

Wyo Trails offers RTP funding

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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 that meet the requirements outlined in the program guidelines may apply.  There have been several changes for this grant cycle so read the grant guidelines before applying. 

For applications, guidelines, and deadlines, 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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