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Overview

Bridger Lake Campground is a scenic camping location situated in the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest in Utah. This area offers a tranquil setting characterized by spruce and fir trees, providing ample shade and a serene atmosphere.

Location & Access

Bridger Lake Campground is located approximately 30 miles north of Mountain View, Wyoming, or 50 miles from Evanston, Wyoming. Access to the campground is typically via forest roads that may require a vehicle capable of handling dirt and gravel. High-clearance vehicles are recommended, especially in inclement weather conditions.

Campsite Details

The campground features a number of single-family campsites that are abutted close to Bridger Lake. Each campsite typically includes the following amenities:

  • Picnic tables
  • Fire rings
  • Tent pads
  • Food storage lockers (bear-proof)

Campers should check the specific details on the site they are reserving, as amenities may vary slightly.

Facilities

The campground offers basic facilities, including:

  • Vault toilets
  • Drinking water (availability can vary so it's recommended to bring some)

However, there are no electric hookups, dump stations, or showers available at Bridger Lake Campground. Campers should plan to be self-sufficient and carry out all trash upon departure.

Activities

Outdoor activities that visitors can enjoy include:

  • Boating and Fishing: Bridger Lake is well-known for its fine trout fishing. Small boats can be launched from the shore, but there is no formal boat ramp.
  • Hiking: Bridger Lake Campground serves as an excellent base for hiking in the Uinta Mountains.
  • Wildlife Viewing: The area is home to diverse wildlife, including moose, elk, deer, and a variety of bird species.
  • Photography and Nature Observation: The surrounding landscape provides photography enthusiasts with plenty of beautiful scenes.

Reservations & Fees

Bridger Lake Campground usually operates on a first-come, first-served basis, but some sites may be reservable in advance via the National Recreation Reservation Service. A fee is charged per night for camping, and there might be additional costs for extra vehicles.

Season

The campground's season primarily runs from June to September. However, these dates can change due to weather patterns, such as early snowfall or late-lingering snowpack. Campers should check current conditions and campground status before planning their trip.

Important Considerations

  • Weather: Be prepared for changing weather conditions; evenings can be cold at high elevations, even in summer.
  • Altitude: At high altitudes, some visitors may experience altitude sickness. It's important to stay hydrated and ascend gradually if coming from lower elevations.
  • Wildlife: Proper food storage is crucial to deter bears and other wildlife. Follow all guidelines for camping in bear country.
  • Leave No Trace: Adherence to Leave No Trace principles is critical to preserve the natural beauty of the area.
  • Road Conditions: Road conditions to the campground can vary, especially with weather changes. Check local forest service updates for road statuses.

Visitors seeking more detailed and current information should contact the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest's ranger district or visit their official website for any updates and alerts.

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