Bighorn Canyon starts preparing for winter

Posted 9/12/19

Bighorn Canyon is nearing the end of a busy summer season and looking toward the winter.  Starting next week, several facilities will be closed for the winter.

The Horseshoe Bend Marina and …

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Bighorn Canyon starts preparing for winter

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Bighorn Canyon is nearing the end of a busy summer season and looking toward the winter.  Starting next week, several facilities will be closed for the winter.

The Horseshoe Bend Marina and Ok-A-Beh Marina will close Saturday. No gas will be available on the lake as of that date. Concession docks at Horseshoe Bend and Ok-A-Beh will be removed after Monday.

Also beginning Monday, the park will start removing comfort stations and docks at Black Canyon, Box Canyon, Dryhead, Devil Canyon, and Dayboard 9.

The water at the Horseshoe Bend Campground will be shut off next week. The restroom next to the marina at Horseshoe Bend will remain open, but there will be no potable water. The dump and fill stations at Horseshoe Bend and near the Afterbay Campground and the fish cleaning stations in the park will be winterized by Saturday, Sept. 21.

All campgrounds remain open year-round.

The courtesy docks at Barry’s Landing, Horseshoe Bend, and Ok-A-Beh will remain in the water into November or December or when the lake starts to freeze, whichever comes first. Boat ramps usually remain open all winter, but access and use depends upon snow, ice and road conditions.

The Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) check stations are closing on Sunday. There will be no available inspectors after that date on the North District, but boats may be inspected year-round at the Cal S. Taggart Visitor Center in Lovell.

The Yellowtail Dam visitor center closed on Sept. 2  for the winter season, while the Lovell visitor center returned to winter hours, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily.

Still, “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,” said Christy Fleming, Bighorn Canyon’s chief of interpretation. “Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area Bighorn Canyon invites you to enjoy and explore the different seasons at the lake. “

For current lake conditions or help planning a visit, call the Lovell visitor center at 307-548-5406.

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