Recreation

Beartooth Butte and Lake

Recreating in the Shoshone National Forest

From expansive wilderness and back country areas that provide a refuge from everyday life, to campgrounds and picnic sites along travel corridors and in the front country, the Shoshone is a forest for recreation.

Serving as the eastern gateway to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks, the Shoshone provides many opportunities for people to connect with nature.

The Shoshone offers over 1,300 miles of trails, 32 campgrounds, and 11 picnic sites. Four Scenic Byways traverse the Shoshone, offering spectacular views of rugged mountain peaks, expansive plateaus awash in wildflowers, glaciers, rivers and streams, and unparalleled wildlife watching.

So, what are you waiting for? Pack up your family and friends and head for adventure in Wyoming’s great outdoors in the Shoshone National Forest.

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Recreation Conditions Report

 Area Name Status Area Conditions
Beartooth Lake Campground Closed to Visitor
Big Game Campground Closed to Visitor
Blackwater Pond Picnic Site Open to Visitor
Brooks Lake Campground Closed to Visitor Campground services have ended for the year and no fees will be collected after Labor Day. Campground will remain otherwise open until closed for the winter. Restrictions: Due to possible grizzly bear activity, hard-sided camping units only.
Brooks Lake Picnic Site Open to Visitor
Brown Mountain Campground Open to Visitor
Bruce Picnic Site Open to Visitor The picnic site is open.
Clay Butte Lookout Closed to Visitor
Clearwater Campground Closed to Visitor
Clearwater Group Site Closed to Visitor
Crazy Creek Campground Closed to Visitor
Dead Indian Campground Open to Visitor One loop is open year round. Campground services end and no fees collected after Labor Day.
Deer Creek Campground Open to Visitor Currently Deer Creek Campground is open.
Dickinson Creek Campground Closed to Visitor
Double Cabin Campground Closed to Visitor Campground services have ended for the year and no fees will be collected after Labor Day. Campground will remain otherwise open until closed for the winter.
Eagle Creek Campground Closed to Visitor
Eagle Creek Trailhead Open to Visitor
Elk Fork Campground Open to Visitor Campground services have ended for the year and no fees will be collected after Labor Day. Campground will remain otherwise open until closed for the winter.
Falls Campground Closed to Visitor Campground services have ended for the year and no fees will be collected after Labor Day. Campground will remain otherwise open until closed for the winter.
Fiddlers Lake Campground Closed to Visitor Campground services have ended for the year and no fees will be collected after Labor Day. Campground will remain otherwise open until closed for the winter.
Fishhawk Trailhead Open to Visitor Fishhawk Trailhead is open year-round. However, after September, there are no services provided. 
Fox Creek Campground Closed to Visitor
Horse Creek Campground Closed to Visitor Campground services have ended for the year and no fees will be collected after Labor Day. Campground will remain otherwise open until closed for the winter.
Horse Creek Picnic Site Open to Visitor
Hugh Otte Camping Area Closed to Visitor
Hunter Peak Campground Closed to Visitor
Island Lake Campground Closed to Visitor
Jack Creek Campground Open to Visitor Open
Lake Creek Campground Closed to Visitor
Lily Lake Camping Area Closed to Visitor
Little Popo Agie Campground Closed to Visitor Campground services have ended for the year and no fees will be collected after Labor Day. Campground will remain otherwise open until closed for the winter.
Little Sunlight Camping Area Closed to Visitor
Louis Lake Campground Closed to Visitor Campground services have ended for the year and no fees will be collected after Labor Day. Campground will remain otherwise open until closed for the winter.
Louis Lake Picnic Site Open to Visitor Open
Newton Creek Campground Closed to Visitor
Newton Spring Picnic Site Open to Visitor Restrictions: Due to possible grizzly bear activity, hard-sided camping units only at sites located along Newton Creek from may until July 1, 2013.
Pahaska Trailhead Open to Visitor
Pinnacles Campground Closed to Visitor Campground services have ended for the year and no fees will be collected after Labor Day. Campground will remain otherwise open until closed for the winter. Restrictions: Due to possible grizzly bear activity, hard-sided camping units only.
Reef Creek Picnic Site Open to Visitor Reef Creek Picnic area is currently open.
Rex Hale Campground Closed to Visitor
Sinks Canyon Campground Closed to Visitor Campground services have ended for the year and no fees will be collected after Labor Day. Campground will remain otherwise open until closed for the winter.
Sleeping Giant Picnic Site Open to Visitor
Sunlight Creek Picnic Site Open to Visitor
Sunlight Ranger Cabin Closed to Visitor
Threemile Campground Closed to Visitor
Trail Lake Picnic Site Open to Visitor Open year round.
Wapiti Campground Open to Visitor One loop will remain open until October 31, 2013.
Wapiti Wayside Closed to Visitor
Wind River Lake Picnic Site Open to Visitor The picnic site is open
Wood River Campground Closed to Visitor
Worthen Meadow Campground Closed to Visitor Campground services have ended for the year and no fees will be collected after Labor Day. Campground will remain otherwise open until closed for the winter.
Worthen Meadow Picnic Site Open to Visitor Open