Outdoors: Briefs

Posted: Thursday, May 04, 2000

Wyoming Fishing

CHEYENNE (AP) -- There are 2,000 catchable trout per mile in the stretch of the North Platte River from the Colorado-Wyoming border to I-80, according to Wyoming Tourism.

This prime fishing river and nearby Encampment River are packed with wild brown and rainbow trout, the agency says.

Other top spots in the state: the Grey Reef Area, a tailwater section of the North Platte and home to the six-pound trout; the Shoshone River, near Cody, loaded with cutthroats, rainbows and browns; Middle Fork of the Powder River, a source of rainbow and brown trout; fishing streams in the Bighorn National Forest, for brookies and rainbows; and lakes in the Cloud Peak Wilderness area, stocked with rainbows, cutthroat, cutbows, greyling and splake.

Some fishing areas have limited public access. For access and licencing information, contact the Wyoming Game and Fishing Department, Information & Education Services, (307) 777-4600.

Biking in Wisconsin

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Bikes now often go where trains once rumbled through Wisconsin.

One of the nation's first ''rails-to-trails'' routes, the Elroy-Sparta State Trail stretches 32 miles through wooded valleys and small towns. Three century-old railroad tunnels and numerous campgrounds can be found along the way. Trail headquarters are at Kendall, in a restored railway depot, where bikers can find driver service if needed.

Other rail-trails, recommended by Wisconsin Tourism, include the Gandy Dancer Trail, 47 miles from St. Croix Falls to Danbury; the Ahnapee State Trail, winding north from Algoma 18.4 miles to a trailhead just south of Sturgeon Bay; and Glacial Drumlin State Trail, 47 miles between Waukesha and Cottage Grove on the state's longest railroad grade.

For a Wisconsin Biking Guide, call 1 (800) 432-TRIP; Web site is http://www.travelwisconsin.com.

Big City Bird

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Birdwatchers in downtown LA don't have to head for the hills for thrills: the high-living peregrine falcon has nested in the big city and can be seen circling the Westin Bonaventure Hotel and the Union Bank Building on the corner of Figueroa and Fifth streets.

The binocular brigade frequently forms on the corner of the street or on the third-floor pool deck of the hotel, observing the birds diving for their dinner of pigeons or other birds.

Summer Camp Advice

NEW YORK (AP) -- ''Choosing a Summer Camp'' has information about how to prepare your child for his earliest outdoors experiences away from home.

The free flyer is part of the MetLife Life Advice series illustrated with ''Peanuts'' characters. For a copy, call 1 (800) 638-5433, or access it on the Web at http://www.lifeadvice.com.

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