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

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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

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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

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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 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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Wyoming State Parks Schedules Events in Celebration of Wyoming Public Lands Day

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Contact: Gary Schoene, 307-777-7014

The Wyoming Division of State Parks, Historic Sites and Trails, in conjunction with various other state agencies celebrate Wyoming Public Lands Day September 28. As part of the celebration, day-use fees to all Wyoming state parks and historic sites that day are waived.

In proclaiming September 28 as Wyoming Public Lands Day, Gov. Mark Gordon said, “Anybody that lives in Wyoming appreciates the value of public lands. And in Wyoming, our public lands are many.”

According to the legislation sponsored by Representative Andy Schwartz of Teton County, Wyoming Public Lands Day is a tribute to the importance of public lands in the state and to acknowledge the multiple uses of public lands.

The intent of public lands day is also to recognize the value of public lands to the state’s economy, open spaces, diversity of mineral, grazing and forestry resources and wildlife and recreational opportunities.

Additionally, the goal of Public Lands Day is to get people out to Wyoming’s parks and historic sites to enjoy the values of public lands and to become stewards by helping with specific projects.

An annual event, Wyoming Public Lands Day will serve as a reminder of these values as well as an opportunity to highlight outdoor opportunities and public lands.

Scheduled events are:

Seminoe State Park – cleanup day, meet at the North Red Hills Visitor Center/Office, cleanup will be from 9 a.m. until 12 noon.

Fort Fetterman State Historic Site – Asks for volunteer to help pain linseed oil on some of the buildings from 10 a.m. until 12 noon.

Edness Kimball Wilkins State park – Volunteers to cleanup where the trails stop. Meet at the Mountain View Shelter for bags and pick up sticks, pick up from 10 a.m. until 12 noon.

Guernsey State Park – Sandy Beach cleanup, remove sucker growth vegetation from the shoreline along the campground. Meet at Sandy Beach Campground at 3 p.m. cleanup lasting until 6 p.m. Evening movie at the park will follow, tentatively beginning with Wyoming State Parks and Historic Sites preview at 6:30 p.m.

Keyhole State Park – North Shore cleanup, meet at pat’s Point Boat Ramp at 9 a.m. to be ferried to newly established primitive camping area.

Trail End State Historic Site – Leaf cleanup, meet in the Carriage House Courtyard at 9 a.m., cleanup lasting until 12 noon, rakes and leaf bags will be provided.

Fort Phil Kearny -- Interpretive sign cleanup at Fort Phil Kearny, Wagon Box and Fetterman Trail. Meet at the FPK Interpretive Center at 8:30 am to get assignment. Buckets and cloths provided. 

Buffalo Bill State Park – Buffalo Bill Reservoir cleanup, meet at BBSP Park Office at 9 a.m. Travel to south side of Buffalo Bill Reservoir and collect litter along the No Fee Area roadways.

Hot Springs State Park – T-Hill trail construction from 8 a.m. until noon. Lunch will then be provided by the Friends Group at the new Disc Golf Park located along Highway 20 across from Park Headquarters. Volunteers need to meet at 8 a.m. at the bison corrals just off highway 20. Bring shovels, rakes, picks, digging bars, sunscreen, bug repellent & water

Med Lodge State Archaeological Site -- Noxious and invasive weed removal near the new flood plane in sites 1 and 2 and along the overflow stream channel.  Participants will also help remove the temporary irrigation system at the vehicle bridge.  Please dress accordingly for a half day of work. Bring work gloves and wear appropriate footwear to work in grassy, possibly wet, areas.  Meet at the barn/park HQ at 10 a.m.  Lunch will be provided by the Friends of Medicine Lodge.

Boysen State Park -- Litter patrol and cleanup at Brannon boat ramp and the swim beach. Meet park staff at Brannon Lawn at 8 a.m. Bring sunscreen and bottled water, sturdy shoes.

Curt Gowdy State Park -- Superintendent Patrick Harrington will lead a short hike. Participants should meet at the Aspen Grove trail head shelter at 9:30 a.m. and the hike should conclude by 11:30 a.m. Hikers are encouraged to dress for the weather, bring snacks, and plenty of water.

Bear River State Park -- Volunteers are needed to help the park's staff clear trails along the Bear River, which will include trimming back brush and willows and removing any fallen limbs and branches.  Cleanup scheduled from 10 a.m. until 12 noon.

Fort Bridger State Historic Site -- Volunteers are needed to help whitewash historic stone buildings. Participants will learn how to make and apply whitewash.  Free pizza lunch will follow. Whitewashing scheduled from 11a.m. until 1p.m.

Sinks Canyon State Park -- Volunteers are needed to pick up trash in the park, along the trails, and in the campground.  The person who picks up the most trash will receive a prize. Also, an Interpretive program on trail ethics and key recreation resources in the park will be held. This event is free, family friendly, and all are encouraged to join. Cleanup scheduled from 10 a.m. until 12 noon.

Wyoming Territorial Prison State Historic Site -- Wetland Trash pickup from 10 a.m. until 12 noon.  Meet at the East West McCue Trailhead at the banana flag to help pick up trash around the park on Public Lands Day!

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Boaters at BBSP Urged to Be Aware of Aerial Water Dipping

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Boaters at BBSP urged to be aware of aerial water dipping            

As part of the Fishhawk Firefighting efforts in Park County, helicopters are dipping water from the reservoir at Buffalo Bill State Park.

Boaters on Buffalo Bill Reservoir are asked to avoid the areas where low flying helicopter operations are taking place.

Boating is not restricted on the reservoir at this time and Buffalo Bill State Park remains open.

Additionally, the public is asked to refrain from using drones at Buffalo Bill State Park and the Fishhawk Fire area as they pose a serious threat to pilot safety.

For up-to-date information regarding boating on Buffalo Bill Reservoir, please visit the Buffalo Bill State Park Facebook page..

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Fort Bridger Hosts 47th Annual Mountain Man Rendezvous, Aug. 30 - Sept. 2

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Fort Bridger State Historic Site celebrates the Fur Trade Rendezvous era of the early-1800s during the 47th Annual Mountain Man Rendezvous August 30 through September 2. The rendezvous is 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day.

This widely popular celebration of the mountain man era is the largest event hosted by Wyoming State Parks, the second largest public event in Wyoming, and the largest rendezvous in the nation.  More than 25,000 are expected to attend over the Labor Day weekend.

The event features food, shopping, living history demonstrations, kids activities, music, Native American dance performances, marksmanship competitions, and more.  Free program guides and schedules are available at the entrance.

Tents, tipis, and camps completely cover the 35-acre historic site, offering visitors a chance to explore the charms and surprises of an early 1800s setting at their own pace.  The fort’s historic buildings are also open to tour during the event.

mtnmanphoto"The Fort Bridger Rendezvous is a truly unique experience," says Chris Floyd, Shoshone District Manager.  “The sights, sounds, and smells capture the spirit of Rendezvous, a place where a diversity of people gather to talk, trade, and have a good time. There’s nothing else like it in the world."

Admission for the general public is $5 for everyone 12 years and up. State regulations prohibit alcohol consumption. Dogs are welcome; however, please review the dog policy before bringing your dog(s) as violators will be fined. 

Also, visitors dressed in pre-1840s attire, head-to-toe, enter free.

For more information, please visit www.fortbridgerrendezvous.net/

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Glendo State Park Hosts Beautification Day

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An opportunity to help beautify Glendo State Park is offered to volunteers during Beautification Day, August 17, from 9 a.m. until noon.

Volunteers can help keep the park beautiful by helping clean up trash at several campgrounds and roadsides throughout the park.

We will meet at park headquarters at 9 a.m. on Saturday, the 17. All willing and able volunteers are invited to participate. Snacks and drinks will be provided. Please bring sunscreen and plenty of water!

Interested persons are encouraged to call park headquarters at 307-745-4433 to sign up.

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State Trails Advisory Board to Meet September 6 in Sundance

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A meeting of the Wyoming Trails Advisory Council will be held, September 6 at 10 a.m. at the Best Western Inn, Sundance.

Agenda items include discussion of the Recreational Trails Program and the Trails OHV Partnership grants.

The Wyoming State Trails Advisory Council is a ten-member recreational trail advisory committee appointed by the Governor to advise the Department of State Parks and Cultural Resources regarding trail policies, functions and priorities.

Persons with questions concerning the meeting are asked to call 777-6491.

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Medicine Lodge Archaeological SIte Kid's Outdoor Day, Aug. 24

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       Contact: Medicine Lodge, 307-469-2234

            Youth from across the Bighorn Basin are invited to the upcoming Medicine Lodge Kids Outdoor Day - an exciting and fun filled day of outdoor activities for kids Aug. 24 at Medicine Lodge State Archaeological Site in Hyattville.  

            “This is a great opportunity for kids to get outside, have fun and learn a new outdoor skill,” said Tara Hodges, information and education specialist with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department.  “ Pre-registration is required and those that register by Aug. 7 will receive a free t-shirt and water bottle. To ensure a quality experience space is limited so we encourage participants to register soon.” 

            Participants will be divided into age groups, then rotate through six activity stations.   Children ages 8-10 will practice archery, cast fishing poles, shoot air rifles and learn about rockhounding, basic camping skills and macro invertebrates.   Kids ages 11-12 will learn how to use a GPS, shoot .22 rifles, pan for gold, throw atl atls and dig for artifacts.   Ages 13 and over will sharpen their shotgun skills, practice on a ropes course, cast fly rods, learn about birding and investigate a wildlife crime scene with professionals from the Wyoming Game and Fish Forensics Lab in Laramie.  

            Once again, the Little Explorers tent will offer children ages 7 and under an opportunity to participate in activities accompanied by a parent that include nature bingo, making animal tracks, fish painting and much more. The Little Explorers tent will be open 8:30 - 11:30 a.m.

            The event, co-sponsored by the Wyoming Game and Fish Department and Wyoming State Parks, will take place at Medicine Lodge State Archaeological Site in Hyattville. Participants should be prepared to spend the entire day outdoors, bring plenty of drinking water and sunscreen and wear comfortable, close-toed shoes.  Lunch will be provided.  

            Check-in on the day of the event is between 7:30 - 8:15 a.m.; activities will begin at 8:30 a.m. and conclude by 3:30 p.m.  Registration forms can be downloaded from the Game and Fish website or obtained by contacting the Cody Game and Fish office at 307-527-7125 or Medicine Lodge State Archaeological Site at 307-469-2234.  A $15.00 fee is due at time of registration.  Space is limited to 24 participants per age group and will be filled on a first registration basis.

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