WINNEMUCCA, Nev. – The Humboldt River Field Office has initiated a 30-day public exploratory period for the trail improvement project at the Water Canyon Recreation Area. The Water Canyon Nature Trail has been closed since the recreation area’s bridges were removed. The trail is popular with the public and provides access to the Winnemucca lookout.
The BLM proposes the construction of two footbridges to improve access to the nature trail. One of the bridges will be on the site of the former hiking bridge. The second bridge will be installed approximately 285 feet downstream of the other trail bridge to reduce safety hazards associated with river erosion. Riprap and other permanent current protection devices are placed to ensure the longevity of the structures. The public has been calling for these two bridges to be replaced for several years.
The nature trail will be rerouted on both sides of Whites Creek to allow for the relocation of the downstream bridge, but otherwise follows the existing trail footprint. Once complete, the trail connects the lower vault toilet and parking lot near campground 3 with the maintained trail leading up the gorge from campground 4. An outdoor classroom is added to the day use lot along the trail (on the north side of the stream) with natural material benches in an amphitheater arrangement. This classroom will be open to the public on a first come, first served basis and can be reserved for organized groups through the special recreation permit process.
The public is invited to provide input during the study period to assist the recreation staff in developing the environmental impact assessment and recreation area improvements. To view the project information on ePlanning or to submit comments online, click here. Comments can also be submitted by email to:
Water Canyon Bridges
Winnemucca District Office
5100 East Winnemucca Blvd.
Winnemucca, NV 89445
Or by email to [email protected] Comments must be received or postmarked by September 20, 2022. Individuals in the United States who are deaf, deaf-blind, hard of hearing, or have a speech impairment may dial 7-1-1 (TTY, TDD, or TeleBraille) to access telecommunications relay services.
The Water Canyon Recreation Area is 5.2 miles southeast of Winnemucca, Nevada. For more information about the recreation area, see https://www.blm.gov/visit/water-canyon-recreation-area.
For more information please contact Bridget Murray at 775-623-1500.