Bighorn Lake Levels Above Flood Stage

Written by on June 20, 2019

Bighorn Lake is experiencing high water levels that may cause a danger to people recreating in the canyon.

Yesterday morning Park officials recorded the level at the Lake at three thousand, six hundred forty-two and a half feet – that’s two and a half feet into the flood pool. And staff says that level is expected to continue rising over the next two weeks.

Due to the high water, sizable amounts of driftwood and other debris are floating on the lake. Several driftwood rafts containing large trees have formed which can cause serious damage to boat props and lower units.

The high water is also affecting the Black Canyon and Dayboard 9 campgrounds. These campgrounds are not closed, but sites are starting to go underwater. If the lake rises another three and a half feet, all sites at Black Canyon, as well as parts of the Barry’s Island Trail to Medicine Creek, will be underwater.

The high water has also temporarily eliminated the accessibility parking on the ramp at Barry’s Landing, and the swim beach areas at Ok-A-Beh and Horseshoe Bend Marinas have significantly diminished in size due to the high water.

For current lake conditions or help planning a visit, visitors may call the Cal S. Taggart Bighorn Canyon Visitor Center at 307-548-5406. Other important boating information can be found on their website at: https://www.nps.gov/bica/planyourvisit/boating.htm.


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