Game and Fish adding campsite availability for eclipse period

Jul 25, 2017 By Daniel Bendtsen, Staff Writer

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department plans to increase the availability of several campsites at wildlife habitat management areas during time around the Aug. 21 solar eclipse, including Whiskey Basin, Spence & Moriarity, Inberg Roy, Ocean Lake and Sand Mesa.

Brian Parker, who manages habitat and access for the Lander region, said the state will mow down some grass in order to allow for more camping.

Because those areas will likely be far from restroom facilities, Parker said tent campers will be encouraged to stay at existing facilities while RV campers will be directed to the new clearings.

"Human waste and trash are our two main concerns," he said.

The lands controlled by the Game and Fish Commission are managed for the purpose of wildlife conservation.

Game and Fish spokeswoman Rene Schell said the Dubois WHMAs are important for big game winter range, while Ocean Lake and Sand Mesa are important areas for waterfowl breeding and nesting.

In the Dubois area, Parker said the state plans to close some gates and reduce accessibility in more isolated areas -- like the road leading to the Glacier Trail -- hoping to "limit any dispersed camping" and concentrate campers.

Parker said departmental employees will be out in the field "similar to hunter stations," handing out maps and directing people.

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