Black Canyon Campground Flooded
Written by Andrew-Rossi on July 12, 2017
If you’ve been considering camping at Bighorn Canyon in the next couple of weeks, you might want to put those plans on hold for a bit.
Black Canyon Campground is currently underwater, according to Christy Fleming, chief of inerpretation at Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area. The lake level yesterday grew to 3,646 feet, six feet over the flood pool, and Bureau of Reclamation officials anticipate that number will continue to rise.
The National Park Service has closed Black Canyon campground temporarily, but plans to reopen it as soon as the water recedes to a suitable level and the campsites are determined to be safe for overnight occupancy.
Additionally, Parts of the Barry’s Island trail to Medicine creek is under water. The swim beach areas at Ok-A-beh and Horseshoe Bend are reduced in size due to high water.
Fleming adds that there is a sizable amount of driftwood and other debris in the lake, including several large trees, so boaters are urged to use caution.