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Two miles beyond Rock Avenue is Clayton’s Slough, an area of alkali swamp where, Photograph of Claytons Slough Regionaccording to William Clayton, the water was "nauseous in the extreme." He advised: "This ought to be avoided as a camping ground – it is a small valley, surrounded by high bluffs. The land exceeding miry, and smells bad."**  This was a dry stretch where the Emigrants had left the Platte and were headed towards the Sweetwater River. The soil in this area has high concentrations of Alkali, resulting in much of the little water there was being undrinkable. Click on the photograph  for historic journal entries relating to this area. 

Public (State of Wyoming)

Natrona County, Wyoming. T32N/R82W
From the BLM interpretive panel at Emigrant Gap , travel west for 1.4 miles to the intersection with County Road 12. Turn right (north) and travel .1 mile to the paved road. Turn left and travel westerly for 1.8 miles to the intersection with County Road 318. Turn left and proceed southwesterly for 7.2 miles. Another 2 miles will bring you to Clayton’s Slough.

National Park Service Comprehensive Management Plan
The site needs interpretation of  the emigrant trails. It is not listed on the National Register.

Additional Information

Kimball, Stanley B., ed. The Latter-day Saints’ Emigrants’ Guide by W. Clayton, St. Louis: 1848 (St. Louis, MO: The Patrice Press, 1983)

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