Trail closure

September 07, 2018
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Sheridan - The Thorne Rider-South Piney Trail in Story will be closed to public use from September 24 to November 15 for a construction project that will rehabilitate a dam on the South Piney Creek and make additional improvements to the area.

Water from South Piney Creek supplies the Story Fish Hatchery and for several years, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, Sheridan County and the U.S. Forest Service have discussed making improvements to the creek above the hatchery. The primary goal of the project is to rehabilitate the diversion dam above the hatchery that is in poor condition and at risk of washing away. In addition, the project will improve fish passage in the area and we will reconstruct the foot and horse trail that goes around the north abutment of the dam.

The creek regularly has higher flows throughout the summer as it carries irrigation water from upstream. Due to the stoppage of reservoir releases in October, this was determined as the only time we could safely perform the repairs needed, since water flow in the creek would be at its lowest. Due to the construction work that will take place, for safety reasons, it was decided to the close the trail to public access during this time.

The area above the construction closure can still be accessed by using the Story-Penrose Trail, which runs parallel to the Thorne Rider-South Piney Trail. Hunters, hikers and recreationists can travel the Story-Penrose Trail and then cut across on foot or horseback to meet the Thorne Rider-South Piney Trail above the point of closure.

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