The WSA provides opportunities for experiencing naturalness, outstanding solitude, and primitive and unconfined recreation. The area is moderately steep, forested terrain, with pine and fir being the principle tree species. Pass Creek and the North Fork of the Powder River are rugged, scenic canyons running through the area. Falcons, hawks, and eagles migrate through the area and elk find winter habitats in the North Fork Canyon. The Wyoming Game and Fish Department has classified areas in the Powder River as being fisheries of statewide importance.

Visitation Information

There is no direct public access to the North Fork Wilderness Study Area (WSA). Access is controlled by adjacent private landowners and landowner permission is required to cross any private lands. Motorized travel is expressly prohibited. Additionally, the WSA is closed to mineral entry, including gold panning.

Visitor Advisory

Access to wild lands inherently requires good navigational skills and four-wheel drive or high-clearance vehicles. Visitors should be prepared for adverse weather and road conditions. The WSAs in the BLM Field Office are primarily accessed by unnamed or unsigned two-track roads that in many cases may be difficult to find without sufficient navigational skills and equipment.

Wilderness Study Areas

WSAs are undeveloped federal lands that retain their primeval character and influence, without permanent improvements or human habitation, and are managed so as not to impair their suitability for preservation as wilderness. Backcountry recreation is a common use along with Leave no Trace Outdoor ethics. Please be advised these areas are restricted and do not allow for the use of motorized and mechanized equipment.



Johnson County

Nearest Town

Buffalo (30 miles)

BLM Acreage 

10,089 acres