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One of the biggest renovations to the Whiskey Mountain Conservation Camp was a new dining hall, which also serves as a classroom. (Photo by Parker Loew/WGFD)

A new look
and a bright future
Renovations to the Whiskey Mountain
Conservation Camp have benefited many
By Robert Gagliardi

I

t wasn't long ago that the Whiskey Mountain
Conservation Camp was in desperate need
of a facelift and modernization. Formally
Trail Lake Ranch, the Wyoming Game and
Fish Department property near Dubois was
purchased by the Wyoming Game and Fish
Commission in August 1958. Back then, the
cabins and infrastructure were already more
than 30 years old.
In the July 2016 edition of Wyoming
Wildlife, a feature story about the camp depicted
its history and the needed improvements. It
also asked the public for help to pay for them.
" Hunters, anglers, subscribers, wildlife
watchers, educators, those of you who
think it important to invest in wildlife and
conservation, and its education is a state that's
known for both, we'd appreciate your help, "

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the article stated.
A Game and Fish team from the Lander
Region organized a fundraising effort that
raised more than $78,000. The big investment,
however, came from the Game and Fish
Commission which approved $5.78 million
for camp renovations. The wide-range of
improvements was the first at the facility since
it was built in the late 1920s.
A big supporter of the renovations was
former Game and Fish Commissioner Richard
Klouda of Lander, who prior to the renovation
commonly said the camp was " a diamond in
the rough. " A pavilion at the camp is named
after Klouda.
The Commission was given a plan for
the renovations in 2015, and even though
Game and Fish continues to work on minor
things such as landscaping and aesthetics,
the major work was completed in 2018. The

Nine camps for kids and adults
are scheduled at the Whiskey
Mountain Conservation Camp
this summer.
renovations provide Game and Fish personnel
a modernized facility to provide education
camps for kids, families and educators, along
with a site for other department gatherings.
Nine camps for kids and adults are
scheduled at the Whiskey Mountain
Conservation Camp this summer. Back in
2002, well before the renovations, Game and
Fish offered only three camps there.
The camp was closed for one year during
the renovations in 2017.



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