The public is invited to take part in a kickoff event for the Bighorn River Blueway Trail on July 17 in the Wyoming communities of Manderson and Basin.
The proposed river trail is designed to start at the Wedding of the Waters, south of Thermopolis, Wyoming, and end at Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area in Lovell. From there, boaters could continue all the way to the Yellowtail Dam in Fort Smith, Montana.
The trail offers paddlers a wide variety of opportunities, including wildlife watching, ever-changing scenery, fishing (over a dozen game fish inhabit the river) and camping.
The creation of the trail has the potential to bring recreation and economic growth to the communities along the Bighorn River, which includes Thermopolis, Worland, Manderson, Greybull, Basin and Lovell. It could also enhance revenue opportunities for businesses that sell or rent outdoor equipment, shuttle services, fishing guides and overnight accommodations.
The event on July 17, hosted by the Bighorn Basin Outdoor Recreation Collaborative, will highlight the opportunities that the Bighorn River offers with activities for children and adults, including a one-mile guided beginner river paddle and a 13-mile Bighorn River paddle.
Participants in the one-mile paddle should come to Basin Boat Dock Park between 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The 13-mile paddle starts at 8 a.m. at the Manderson river launch for the four-hour trip.
Music, activities and food will be available at the Basin Boat Dock Park from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
For additional information call the Bighorn Canyon Visitor Center at 307-548-5406.