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Worland Field Office
Release Date: 06/30/11
Contacts: Sarah Beckwith    

Slick Creek OHV Route Closed Due to Storm Damage

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Worland Field Office has temporarily closed a popular off-highway vehicle (OHV) route east of Worland due to dangerous washouts caused by unusually high spring and early summer moisture.

map of road damage.
Map showing the closures on the Slick Creek Road OHV route.
The route, known locally as Slick Creek Road, winds up Rattlesnake Ridge. It will be closed to motorized use until a mitigation plan can be developed. The washouts pose severe public health and safety risks, including the possibility of collapsing under a vehicle’s weight or onto a vehicle, as well as acting as reservoirs where hydrogen sulfide (H2S) gas may pool.

“The washouts have nearly eroded the entire running surface of Slick Creek Road on the east end of the route and are dissolving other portions of the road,” said BLM Outdoor Recreation Planner Paul Rau.

Caution and road closure signs have been placed along Slick Creek Road and around the washouts as a warning for recreationists who enjoy the area.

“There are three pipes acting as culverts at the bottom of the worst washout,” said Rau. “The water has diverted around the pipes and eaten through the road. It is those pipes that are holding up what remains of the road.”

Slick Creek Road is a popular route accessing BLM-administered public lands and Wyoming State lands along Rattlesnake Ridge. The BLM recently included Slick Creek Road as part of the Nowater OHV Trail System, where more than 160 miles of route are signed to provide for guided motorized touring within the badlands. Slick Creek Road is located south of U.S. Highway 16 and Cactus Road, and north of Mobile Road.

Unusual amounts of moisture and above average snowpack have compromised many segments of BLM routes within the Bighorn Basin, including Black Butte Road within Dry Medicine Lodge Canyon, Hyattville Logging Road, routes in the Fifteenmile badlands area, and other routes within the proximity of Slick Creek Road.

For more information, please contact Rau or BLM Supervisory Engineer Monica Goepferd at 307-347-5100.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

Worland Field Office   101 South 23rd      Worland, WY 82401  

Last updated: 07-05-2011