Red Lake WSA Location: Sweetwater County
Nearest Town: Point of Rocks (21 miles)
BLM Acreage: 9,515 acres
Recommended for Wilderness: 0 acres
Primitive & Unconfined Recreation:
According to the intensive inventory, this area is conducive to primitive and unconfined recreation. Raptors, wild horses, antelope, coyotes and a variety of small mammals challenge the wildlife photographer. Hiking, backpacking, camping, horseback riding, hunting and sightseeing for botanical, zoological, geological and archaeological features are other experiences available to the visitor. However, because the area mainly consists of a large sand dune, campsite and water are limited and thus limit the scope and quality of these opportunities.
The Red Lake WSA encompasses 9,515 acres of BLM-administered land with no private or state inholdings. Rolling brush covered hills and stabilized dunes border the flat dry lake bed of Red Lake in the northern part of the area. The wide open character of the landscape gives a sense of immensity and isolation.
The Red Lake WSA is in near-natural condition. Intrusions in the WSA include a minor two-track trail from the western boundary road, a well and accompanying water trough just inside the northern boundary road, and a few random tracks from off-road vehicles.
Opportunities for solitude in the WSA are excellent. The WSA is relatively open but has topographic relief and vegetation that provides screening.
The use of motorized vehicles in connection with range management activities would be infrequent and would not affect wilderness values except for the short period of time when the activities are taking place. These activities would probably not be necessary every year. Solitude would be the only wilderness value adversely affected by these activities.
The Killpecker Sand Dunes traverse the WSA from west to east. The WSA includes a remnant of the Red Desert area of the Great Divide Basin. This region may be of significant scientific value for the study of active sand dunes, their movement and how they are stabilized.