The official dedication of the new Kleenburn Recreation Area, in conjunction with the Wyoming Game & Fish Free Fishing Day, brought out over 150 people to enjoy a nice summer day Saturday. And it sure didn’t hurt that the Sheridan County Commissioners served up lunch for the crowd either.
Located between Ranchester and Sheridan off the Acme exit, the 80-acre site now features a boat ramp, freshly stocked fishing ponds, walking paths and picnic tables.
The recreation area is a host of history. The Kleenburn coal mine operated on the site in the 1950’s, stripping coal from a couple of open pits that are now used as fishing ponds. After the mine was abandoned, the Scott family donated the land to Sheridan County in 1973 for $1, in an agreement that the land would be used for a park and recreational purposes. County Commissioner Bob Rolston comments.
In addition to the dedication at Kleenburn the Game and Fish sponsored a children’s fishing event at the Kleenburn ponds. Jamie Lande took her kids to fish.
Wyoming’s Free Fishing Day was authorized by the Wyoming Legislature in 2003, but anglers still have to abide by all fishing regulations.
The clean-up of the recreation area took three years to complete and was a joint effort of Abandoned Mind Land Division, Wyoming Game and Fish, and Sheridan County. The site includes 1.5 miles of graveled trail plus a pedestrian foot bridge which connects the two