Members who attended the public information gathering meeting discussed plans for Boysen State Park at the Shoshoni Recreation Hall this week.
According to a report, the primary issue discussed was the possibility of temporary campsites and the amenities that come with them, including temporary camper cabins.
The presentation of the proposal was conducted by Brooks Jordan, Wyoming State Parks Big Horn District manager. Additional details were also supplied by John Bass, Superintendent of Boysen. Sue Peters, State Parks and Cultural Resources Commission member, was also present at the meeting.
If the landowners and Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) approve, they could use these temporary locations to reduce overcrowding. Boysen has seen a growth of 200% in visits since 2019. This number isn’t expected to reach the same level for 2021. However, it will be significant.
In the May of 2021, State Parks received 6 million dollars of remaining CARES Act funds that Wyoming had not utilized. The State Parks received those funds to alleviate some capacity problems that the parks have, Jordan explained.
A Phase I program had been in place across the State after approval by the BOR to include temporary camping sites this year. The support expired on September 8th, 2021.
The latest plan for Boysen comprises as many as 65 camping sites and up to 13 cabins for camping that are temporary. The sites are located on the West Side of the Wind River, Brannon Point, Tough Creek, Eclipse Campground, and between roads L13 and L14 on the east side.
If BOR accepts this plan, the areas will be part of Phase II of the temporary capacity expansion campsites.