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Keyhole watercraft check station closed for season

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The Wyoming Game and Fish have announced the Keyhole aquatic invasive species watercraft check station at Pine Haven — Coulter Bay ramp has closed for the season due to the reservoir freezing. 

Game and Fish also stated the boat ramp barriers at Tatanka, Pat’s Point, Wind Creek and Coulter Bay will be removed by the Wyoming Department of State Parks and Cultural Resources to allow for ice fishing. The barriers for access to the marina boat ramp area will remain in place.

Game and Fish have been active in preventing the spread of aquatic invasive species into the Cowboy State. The discovery of Asian clams in Glendo in September of this year was just months after the discovery of zebra mussels in Pactola Reservoir, located 13 miles west of Rapid City, S. D., in the Black Hills. The reservoir is only 27 miles from the Wyoming border and is a popular boating destination for Wyoming and South Dakota residents, prompting the department to change their inspection protocols. 

At Keyhole, boaters were limited to launching at Pine Haven — Coulter Bay ramp. Glendo boaters could only launch at Whiskey Gulch. All other boat ramps have been closed, and shore launching was prohibited.

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