Fortification Creek WSA Location: Johnson County
Nearest Towns: Buffalo (36 miles)
BLM Acreage: 12,419 acres
Recommended for Wilderness: 0 acres
Access Points & Directions:
There is no direct public access to the Fortification Creek Wilderness Study Area (WSA). Access is controlled by adjacent private landowners and landowner permission is required to cross any private lands.
Allowable Uses & Restrictions:
Motorized travel is expressly prohibited. Additionally, the WSA is closed to mineral entry, including gold panning. Hunting, fishing, hiking, horseback riding, camping and other non-motorized recreational activities are permitted within the Fortification Creek WSA. If you have questions related to a specific activity, please contact the Buffalo Field Office at 307-684-1100.
Primitive & Unconfined Recreation:
The combination of size and ruggedness of terrain in the WSA affords outstanding opportunities for primitive and unconfined types of recreation. Opportunities exist for hiking, backpacking, hunting, horseback riding, and sightseeing.
The Fortification Creek WSA encompasses 12,419 acres of public land and a 640 acre inholding of state land. The landscape of the WSA is a steeply sloping, highly dissected and gullied terrain. Narrow ridges and numerous drainages dominate the area. Moderate to heavy stands of juniper are found in the larger drainages, with sagebrush and grasses on the open slopes and flats. The area is crucial winter range for elk.
The Fortification Creek WSA appears to have been primarily affected by the forces of nature, with little evidence of human imprints. The natural character of the land has been maintained and preserved because of the area’s ruggedness.
Identifiable imprints are associated with range improvement projects such as reservoirs, fences, and associated vehicle routes. Outside sights and sounds affect most of the WSA to a moderate degree. Impacts are associated with sounds from railroads, views of high voltage power lines, county roads and adjacent oil development projects.
The Fortification Creek WSA offers outstanding opportunities for solitude. The WSA contains steeply sloping and dissected drainages and ridges, which divide the area. In addition, with the major drainages there are numerous opportunities to experience solitude and avoid the sights and sounds of others within the WSA.
Approximately 99 percent of the WSA is considered crucial yearlong range for elk as designated by the Wyoming Game and Fish Department. Elk have historically used the area for winter range because of the available forage and cover.