With 9,000 acres of water recreation and 3,000 acres of park land, Buffalo Bill State Park is a dream destination for any outdoor recreation enthusiast. Located near the town of Cody in Park County, Wyoming, the park is a recreation area surrounding the Buffalo Bill Reservoir. Situated at 325 feet, the dam was completed in 1910, with the area later becoming a state park in 1957. Today, it offers a relaxing nature escape for nature enthusiasts and anyone who loves being in the great outdoors.
As the park's centerpiece, the reservoir is at the heart of many favorite pastimes for park visitors. It's a favorite spot for boating enthusiasts, with windsurfers in particular keen to take advantage of favorable wind conditions. Anglers are also well catered for, with the chance to fish for lake trout, rainbow trout, Yellowstone cutthroat trout, walleye, perch, and more.
Of course, there's plenty to see and do on land as well. Geocaching, hunting, and picnicking all draw visitors to Buffalo Bill State Park, while the opportunity to catch a glimpse of a diverse range of wildlife is another major attraction. To top it all off, the park is set against a dramatic backdrop of towering mountains. The dam is located in Shoshone Canyon, which provides spectacular views of Rattlesnake Mountain to the north and Cedar Mountain (also known as Spirit Mountain) to the south.
For campers, Buffalo Bill State Park has two campgrounds, North Fork and North Shore. The North Shore site has 37 sites, a popular day-use area, and a boat ramp. The North Fork campground boasts 62 campsites and a reservable group camp area, but is closed from November through April.
Finally, dogs are welcome in the park provided they're kept on a leash and you always clean up after your canine companion. If you can do that, you and your pooch can enjoy a grrr-and old time in this spectacular camping spot.