Low water closes 60-mile long Bighorn Lake to all boating

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Bighorn Lake closed to boating

7/24/02

LOVELL, Wyo. (AP) - Officials have closed Bighorn Lake to boating because of low water.
"We regret having to do this, but we can no longer provide for the safety of the boating public," Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area Assistant Superintendent Bob Byrne said.

"When lake levels rise to the point where boats may once again be launched and retrieved safely, the lake will be reopened."

Monday, the elevation of the lake had fallen to 3,587.5 feet, a loss of 1.76 feet in one week. The lake is 112 feet below full.

The one remaining open launch ramp, Barry's Landing, was closed after the last boat came off the lake Sunday evening.

Because of the closure, the National Park Service will no longer provide search-and-rescue and emergency medical services, Byrne said.

Bighorn Lake straddles the Wyoming-Montana border and stretches for about 60 miles. The recreation area, created in 1966, drew more than 237,000 visitors last year.

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