Ashley National Forest to Close State Line Cove Area for Two Weeks

Ashley National Forest to Close State Line Cove Area for Two Weeks

A camper practices some social distancing near Mustang Ridge at the Flaming Gorge Reservoir. (Photo credit:

MANILA, UT … Due to increased use within the Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area in Daggett County, the Ashley National Forest has decided to close the State Line Cove Area for a period of up to 14 days beginning on April 9, 2020.

District Ranger Curt Booher stated, “This increased recreational use is posing a challenge for COVID-19 response and the health and safety of not only the public, but Forest Service and local law enforcement personnel.” 

Closure Area

The closure area includes State Line Cove, Linwood Bay dispersed camping area and the Swim Beach day-use site located on the west side of Flaming Gorge Reservoir near Lucerne Marina and Manila, Utah.

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The Ashley National Forest is working to balance the need to protect access while providing for the safety of the public and their employees. Given the current circumstances, it is critical that all recreationists avoid locations on the forest that draw large numbers of people into close proximity with each other. 

While this site will be temporarily closed, the majority of the Ashley National Forest remains open and continues to offer opportunities for dispersed recreation. These activities comply with both the Governor of Wyoming’s and Governor of Utah’s Statewide Public Health Orders.

The Ashley National Forest is asking members of the public to recreate responsibly by staying local, exploring less popular areas, maintaining 6-foot social distances, and making conservative decisions.

Forest offices are conducting business virtually, but are also continuing field patrols. Visitors to the forest are urged to take the precautions recommended by the Centers for Disease Control.


What to do if you feel sick: If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and are showing symptoms, like a temperature of 100 or greater or a cough, DO NOT go to the Emergency Room.

Please call your primary care provider or either Castle Rock Medical Center (Green River) at 307-872-4590 or Memorial Hospital’s Triage Line (Rock Springs) at 307-522-8523. The hotline is available 24/7.

Health professionals will be available to discuss your symptoms and address concerns regarding COVID-19 to determine if a visit or further testing is necessary.

Please follow these tips to slow the spread of this virus:

  • Social Distancing – Stay 6 feet apart from others and 
  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds regularly. If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue if you sneeze or cough and then throw the tissue away. If a tissue isn’t available, cough or sneeze into the inside of your elbow.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently-touched areas. For example: door knobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, tables, keyboards, phones, toilets, faucets and sinks.
  • Avoid touching your mouth, eyes and nose with unwashed hands.

For current news, updates, closures and resources, please visit our COVID-19 Coronavirus page here.