The old Kleenburn mine site, or Acme pits as some call the area, has seen many uses over the last 100 years or so. The land that fronts on the Tongue River has seen coal mining and was even home to the Boy Scouts Camp Kleenburn for a number of years. The land is owned by Sheridan County and has been used extensively by off-road vehicle riders. It’s now part of the State Division of Abandoned Mine Lands reclamation project. AML Project Manager Jack Smith.
Starting Monday, July 27th, public access to the site will be closed. The reclamation work could take as long as 2 months, and the site should re-open by September 30th.
There will be a couple of changes to the site once the work is complete. Motorized vehicle use will no longer be permitted and the recreation area will be designated as walk-in only. The area will be governed by the recently created Sheridan County Recreation Board, which also oversees the 3-Poles Recreation Area north of Sheridan.