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Wyoming’s New Fork River getting new boat ramp and improved fish habitat

(Wyoming Game and Fish Department)

CASPER, Wyo. — The Wyoming Game and Fish Department announced on Friday that the New Fork River south of Pinedale will see some work to improve fish habitat and to add a new boat ramp this spring.

Work is set to begin on April 1 and will include about two miles of river habitat improvements.

“A variety of stream structures will be constructed using wood and rock,” Game and Fish said. “These structures will reduce bank erosion and provide hiding cover for fish. The habitat enhancements are designed to hold more fish in the reach and improve angling opportunities for both boat and bank anglers.”

“The project will also reconstruct a boat ramp and access area at the site that was lost several years ago due to bank erosion. Heavy equipment crews will stabilize that bank and rebuild the boat ramp, as well as construct a parking area and comfort station for all river users.”

The boat access will be reconstructed at the “Gas Wells” site off of Boulder South Road.

Game and Fish is partnering with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Pinedale Office and Trout Unlimited on the project.

“Managers from the BLM and WGFD specifically targeted the Gas Wells site because of the value it provides for public access,” Game and Fish said. “Between the town of Boulder and its confluence with the Green River, only about 4 miles of the river corridor is publicly held on opposite banks. The two miles of river at the Gas Wells site is by far the largest parcel of public water in the lower section of river.”

“No public access closures are anticipated with construction, but anglers and river users are advised that construction will be occurring between early April and approximately Mid-May of 2021. At times, this work may create slightly elevated levels of sediment in the river downstream of the project.”

The work this spring is part of a larger overall restoration effort of the New Fork River which will continue into the future.

“For more information about the New Fork Gas Wells Habitat Restoration and Boat Access Project, please contact WGFD Pinedale Habitat Biologist Luke Schultz at 307-367-4353 or Joel Klosterman with the Pinedale BLM at 307-367-5388,” Game and Fish said.

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