Cook Lake Rec Area, Black Hills National Forest: A big thank you to our engineers & geologists
A beautiful place to enjoy the outdoors, Cook Lake Recreation Area is nestled in the Bearlodge Mountains of the Black Hills National Forest near Devils Tower National Monument in northeast Wyoming. In 2014 forest officials closed the area to public visitation after becoming increasingly concerned with the potential for landslide activity on the hillside along the lake and the danger it posed to visitors camping near the lake. Working with the Colorado School of Mines, USFS engineers and geologists surveyed the landslide area, installed monitoring points, and installed state-of-the-art monitoring systems for the lake water levels and landslide movement. The USFS team is now working with the Dept. of Interior’s Bureau of Reclamation to design and complete a $1.2 million rehabilitation of the Cook Lake Dam structure. After the completion of a formal risk assessment and implementation of measures to ensure the safety of the public, Cook Lake Recreation Area is now back open for public use and enjoyment. More Stories
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