Cottonwood Lake Campground

Area Status: Open
North Fork Creek near Cottonwood Campground

The Cottonwood Lake Campground is located next to Cottonwood Lake in the Salt River Mountains at an elevation of 7,000 feet, approximately 13 miles southeast of Afton, Wyoming. North Fork Creek runs near this site where pines and aspens offer partial shade. The lake offers great boating for smaller craft (there is no ramp available) and fishing for brook and cutthroat trout. Trails for hiking, biking, horseback riding, and ATVs begin within the site.

This campground offers 18 campsites total. On the west loop, 6 sites have hitching rails for horses, and three small pipe-rail horse corrals are provided. Water must be carried to corrals. On the east loop, ATVs are allowed because a trail allowing motorized use takes off from the back of the loop, and 3 walk-in sites are also available for tent campers. Except for site 13, these sites are all single-family campsites which are available on a first come, first served basis. Site 13 is a reservable group tenting site--see Potable water is available in the east loop, as well as vault toilets.

At a Glance

Operational Hours: Campground will have water turned off, bathrooms locked, and no more trash service after closure date.  However, the gate will not be closed, and campground can still be used for no fee when all amenities are turned off.  If any amenities are left on, fees will still be collected.  Check the Kiosk at the campground for more information. 
Reservations: There are no reservations for this campground.
Fees: $10 per night
Usage: Light
Closest Towns: Afton, Wyoming
Water: Potable Water
Restroom: Vault Toilet
Operated By: Forest Service

General Information


From the Town of Afton, Wyoming, head south on United States Highway 89 for approximately 8.3 miles, then make left turn on Cottonwood Creek Road/County Road 153. Shortly after the Cottonwood Creek Road enters the Bridger-Teton National Forest and turns into Forest Service Road 10208 (FS-10208). Follow FS-10308 for about 6 miles, where you will see signage and access to Cottonwood Lake Campground on the left.

Approximate travel details from the Town of Afton: 14 miles, 21 minutes.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Mountain Biking

Campground Camping

Lake and Pond Fishing

Horse Camping


Group Picnicking

Boating - Non-Motorized


Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


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