Kleenburn Recreation Area LbNA # 53092
|Placed Date||Apr 18 2010|
|Last Update||Jul 19 2015|
**11-09-2013** This used to be a three box series, but the three stamps have been replanted as a single box. It should be much easier to locate now with little to no bushwacking involved.
Kleenburn Recreation Area is located between Ranchester and Sheridan. You can find it by taking the Acme Exit, and following Acme and then Kleenburn Road. Plans are apparently in the works to add interstate signage for the area, which will make it easier to find.
KRA is an area undergoing a lot of change. Previously open to 4-wheelers and firearms, the area is now walk-in only and firearms are prohibited. Fishing for trout and bass is allowed in the lake and in Tongue River (bring your license – they check!) and if you have a non-motorized boat, you can take that on the water as well. Also be advised that at the KRA the landscape is being altered: trees may be removed, landmarks might be relocated, and roads that were once well traveled are being encouraged to return to nature. Please let me know if you find changes that affect the box before I do.
This is a box that is suited for a beginning letterboxer. Expect to walk about 2/3 of a mile on a loop trail (15 to 20 minutes) to find this box. The three stamps are meant to be stamped on top of each other, creating one final image. For this to work properly, you will need to have at least two colors of ink, preferably three colors with ones of those colors being a light color.
Drive to the second parking area at Kleenburn – this is the parking area nearest to the new bridge. Cross the bridge and follow the red path clockwise around the lake to your right. When you reach the fork in the paths (where the three paths come together), go to the left following the red path SW up the small hill.
Continue on this path, which will bring you closer and closer to the highway, with Tongue River on your right barely visible at times through the trees. After a bit the path will turn fairly sharply to the left, hairpin style. You'll be close to the highway, the railroad tracks, and the edge of the park. On your right you should see some trees. In particular you're looking for the large gnarly-looking tree with a split up its trunk. It isn't far from the path. Near its base you'll find a rusty red drum and plenty of debris from fallen limbs. Walk around to the backside of this tree (its west side) and kneel down. There is a log back here with its end against the upright tree trunk and beside it, under several large pieces of bark you should find the box! Remember to seal and hide the box where you found it, as you found it.
To return to your car either backtrack the way you came or continue to follow the red path around the curve and back to the bridge and your car.