The Division of State Parks wishes to remind the public about recreation impacts at Guernsey State Park due to improvement work being conducted at the Guernsey Reservoir Dam. The state park will remain open during the summer but visitors will encounter impacts to roads within the park and water levels will be lower than visitors may be used to experiencing.
The $7.8 million project, funded by the Bureau of Reclamation and awarded to Moltz Constructors, Inc. of Cody, will result in lower water levels through the estimated completion date of March 14.
Boaters are urged to use caution as lower water levels may result in the increased potential for under water obstacles/hazards compared to normal operating levels. The main boat ramp located on the east side of the reservoir is useable at current and projected levels. The boat ramp at Sandy Beach will not be useable at current water levels, and the ramp at Long Canyon is questionable at this time.
Visitors are also reminded that Lakeside Drive that provides access to the east side of the reservoir is closed because of the dam renovation work. There is no access across the dam. All access to the Museum and campgrounds on the east side of the park must be made from the north entrance off of Highway 270.
Due to the tight curves on Lakeside Drive from Long Canyon towards the Museum and campgrounds along the eastern side of the reservoir, south bound travel will be restricted to vehicles, RVs, trailers with an overall length of 45' or less. Towed vehicles, trailers and RVs with an overall length greater than 45' will be prohibited south of Long Canyon Campground.
For more information regarding these impacts or for general questions about Guernsey State Park, visitors are asked to call 307-836-2334.