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August 16, 2017

Contact: Leslie Slater Wilson, 307-527-6076

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

            Buffalo Bill State Park and the Buffalo Bill Dam Visitor Center and Wild West Paddle Club will host this year’s annual Great Dam Day August 19th between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.

The event will be held at the Buffalo Bill Dam Visitor Center located 6 miles west of Cody on HWY 14/16/20.

In addition to the events planned at the visitor center, there will be different interpretive learning stations located between the dam and Hayden Arch Bridge with kayak races in the river below.  The walk is two miles total from the visitor center to Hayden Arch bridge, but you don’t need to do all of that walking on your own!  Backroads Jeep Rental will be assisting folks in going up and down the steep grade.  Fat Racks BBQ and beverages will be available for purchase at the visitor center.  Also, the day use fee will be waived at Buffalo Bill State Park.

Buffalo Bill Dam was completed in 1910 and is on the National Register of Historic Places. Buffalo Bill Dam was the tallest dam in the world upon completion. Construction began in 1904 and work was dangerous, difficult and tedious. The completed water storage supplies four irrigation districts encompassing over 93,000 acres of farmland. Youth and adults alike will find the views and history fascinating.

Staff and volunteers will be on-site to answer questions and provide assistance. The event is open and free to the public.

 For any questions, please contact the Buffalo Bill Dam Visitor Center Manager, Leslie Slater Wilson at (307) 527-6076.

   
Wyoming State Parks, Historic Sites & Trails
A Division of Wyoming State Parks & Cultural Resources
2301 Central Avenue, 4th Floor, Cheyenne, WY 82002
307-777-6323www.wyoparks.org