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Location and Overview

Federal Bay is one of the many camping areas located within Curt Gowdy State Park, which lies in southeastern Wyoming, roughly halfway between Cheyenne and Laramie. This state park named after the famous broadcaster Curt Gowdy is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts, with its rolling hills, extensive trail system, and two reservoirs, Crystal and Granite.

Campsite Information

Federal Bay camping area offers a variety of camping experiences, including sites suitable for tents, trailers, and RVs. The exact amenities available at Federal Bay can vary, but here are some general features you might expect:

  • Campsite Types: May include basic tent sites as well as sites with electrical hookups.
  • Amenities: Typically include fire rings, picnic tables, and nearby restrooms. Some sites may offer access to water spigots.

Reservation and Fees

  • Reservation: Campsites at Curt Gowdy State Park, including those at Federal Bay, can often be reserved in advance. Reservations can usually be made through the Wyoming State Parks website or by calling the park directly.
  • Fees: There is typically a nightly fee for camping, which can vary depending on the type of site you choose (e.g., with or without electrical hookups). Additionally, state park entrance fees apply. Check the most recent fees and make reservations on the official park website or contact the park office.

Activities and Recreation

  • Fishing: Both Crystal and Granite reservoirs offer excellent fishing opportunities. Anglers can expect to catch trout, salmon, and walleye, among other species.
  • Boating: Boating is a popular activity on the reservoirs, with options for motorized and non-motorized boats.
  • Hiking and Mountain Biking: The park boasts a network of trails for all levels, including the renowned Stone Temple Circuit.
  • Rock Climbing: Nearby Vedauwoo is renowned for its unique rock formations and climbing opportunities.
  • Wildlife Viewing: The area is home to diverse wildlife, including deer, antelope, and various bird species.

Regulations and Safety

  • Campfire Restrictions: Always follow current campfire rules, which may change due to weather conditions and risk of wildfires.
  • Wildlife: Store food securely and maintain a safe distance from wildlife.
  • Weather: Be prepared for changing weather conditions and cooler nights, typical of the Wyoming climate.


  • Getting There: Curt Gowdy State Park is accessible by car and is situated off of Happy Jack Road. The park is well-signposted and easily navigable.
  • Mobility Access: Some campsites and facilities may be ADA accessible. It's important to review current accessibility information when making a reservation.

Tips and Recommendations

  • Make a reservation well in advance, especially during peak season.
  • Bring adequate supplies, including water, especially if camping in areas without water hookups.
  • Familiarize yourself with Leave No Trace principles to help preserve the natural beauty of the park.
  • Check the Wyoming State Parks website or contact the park office for the most current information regarding fees, regulations, and any alerts or notices.

By keeping these pieces of information in mind, visitors to Federal Bay in Curt Gowdy State Park can better prepare for a memorable outdoor adventure.

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