Positive changes coming to Grayrocks Public Access Area

 


The Wyoming Game and Fish Department wants anglers and other sportsmen to be aware of some upcoming changes at Grayrocks Reservoir Public Access Area (PAA).

The Grayrocks Reservoir PAA is located seven miles south of Guernsey and nine miles northeast of Wheatland along the Laramie River. A dam and reservoir supply cooling water for the Laramie River Power Plant, which is owned by Basin Electric. Through a cooperative agreement between the Wyoming Game and Fish Commission and the Missouri Basin Power Project, these lands are managed for fishing and boating access and to maintain or improve present wildlife habitat. Basin Electric and Game and Fish want to make Grayrocks PAA a safe place for sportsmen.

Outdoor enthusiasts should note that all off-road vehicle use will be prohibited on the Grayrocks PAA beginning March 31. Personnel with the Game and Fish Department and Basin Electric expressed concern about risks to public safety from having off-road vehicles on the small access area. “We have seen a sharp rise in use of off-road vehicles on the access area and we feel there is a real risk to public safety if we don’t do something,” said Rick King, Regional Wildlife Supervisor in Laramie.


The limit for camping will be also reduced from 14 days to 7 days to address overcrowding issues. Grayrocks Reservoir PAA has become popular for campers, especially around holidays. Reducing the number of camping days will help address crowding issues while giving everyone a chance to camp in the prime spots.

Among other changes, two new boat docks will be installed this spring to replace the old, broken boat docks. Repairs and improvements will also be made to the parking lot to make it more user-friendly.

“These changes will address public safety issues that have been brought to our attention at the Grayrocks PAA,” said Jerry Cowles, Laramie Region Habitat and Access Supervisor for the Game and Fish Department.

Cowles said Game and Fish Department employees will install signs during March to inform the public of the changes. Wheatland Volunteer Fire Department will assist with installation of the boat docks. For more information contact the Laramie Region Office at (307) 745-4046.

 

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