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Location and Access

Buffalo Bill State Park is located in the state of Wyoming, United States. It is situated west of the town of Cody, near the eastern entrance to Yellowstone National Park. Access to the park is typically via U.S. Highway 14/16/20.

Camping Facilities

Buffalo Bill State Park offers several camping areas with different levels of amenities:

  • North Shore Bay Campground: Situated close to the shores of the Buffalo Bill Reservoir, this campground features sites with basic amenities such as tables, grills, and restrooms.
  • North Fork Campground: Located on the north fork of the Shoshone River, it has similar facilities as North Shore Bay and often offers a more serene experience.
  • Shreve's Nose Campground: This site provides primitive camping experiences with few amenities, designed for those looking for a more rustic outdoor adventure.

Reservations and Fees

Camping reservations for Buffalo Bill State Park can typically be made online through the park's reservation system or by calling the park directly. Campsites may have varying fees depending on the type of site and the amenities provided.

Activities

  • Boating and Fishing: The Buffalo Bill Reservoir offers opportunities for boating, water skiing, and fishing for species like trout and walleye.
  • Hiking and Wildlife Viewing: Trails in the park allow for scenic walks and the chance to see various wildlife native to the Rocky Mountain ecosystem.
  • Historic Sites: The park is near the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, which houses five museums that offer insight into the history of the American West.

Regulations

  • Fire Restrictions: Check current fire conditions and adhere to any fire restrictions, as conditions in Wyoming can lead to high wildfire risks.
  • Wildlife Safety: Be aware of wildlife and maintain a safe distance. It’s important to store food properly to avoid attracting bears and other animals.
  • Leave No Trace: Follow Leave No Trace principles by packing out all trash and minimizing your impact on the environment.

Weather Considerations

  • Summer Temperatures: Summers can be warm during the day, but temperatures can drop significantly at night.
  • Winter Conditions: The park experiences cold winters with snow. Some campgrounds may be closed or have limited access during this season.
  • High Elevation: Be prepared for conditions associated with high elevation, including sun exposure and thinner air.

Contact Information

Before heading out, contact the park directly or visit the official website to get the latest information on campground availability, current conditions, and any specific advisories.

Buffalo Bill State Park Contact:

  • Phone: Check the official Wyoming State Parks website for the current contact number.
  • Website: Wyoming State Parks

It’s always best to plan and ensure availability before setting out for your camping trip.

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