Bow River Campground

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Bow River Campground is located on the upper Medicine Bow River with 13 campsites (small trailers only up to 32 feet), water, picnic tables, fire rings, one vault toilet. 

This is a pack-in pack-out campground.  No trash service in the area. The Medicine Bow River, Sand Lake and Turpin Reservoir offer fishing opportunities nearby. Trails in the area include Rock Creek, Sheep Lake, and Crater Lake Trails. (See more trail info on this website by clicking on recreation and then hiking from the home page.)

OHVs can explore the Campbell Lake Loop after July 1, approximately 9 miles south of the campground.  Pick up a motor vehicle use map for free at the Ranger station in Saratoga or call to have one emailed to you.

Both Sand Lake and Turpin Reservoir are stocked by the Wyoming Game and Fish Department (WGFD).

Sand Lake supports populations of brook trout, rainbow trout and Splake (a hybrid between a male brook trout and female lake trout). There is no boat ramp at Sand Lake. Watercraft must be carried a short distance to the lake.

Turpin Reservoir supports populations of brook trout and Splake. Internal combustion engines of more than 15 horsepower are prohibited on Turpin Reservoir.

All watercraft (except for inflatables 10' or less in length) must have a valid Wyoming Aquatic Invasive Species decal. For additional information on boating and fishing regulations, contact the WGFD in Cheyenne or Laramie.



At a Glance

Current Conditions: $10/night per site; NO services mid- September thru June. Plan to pack out your trash.
Operational Hours: Mid-June through October, weather permitting. This campground is managed by the Ranger Station in Saratoga, WY (Brush Creek Hayden District) 307-326-5258   
Reservations: No reservable sites. First come basis. There is a 14 day stay limit at this campground.
Area Amenities: Tent camping,Camping trailer,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water,Parking
Fees $10 per night per site. $5  per day for additional vehicle(s)
Permit Info: No permit required
Open Season: June - early October
Usage: Medium
Closest Towns: Saratoga, WY
Water: Potable Water
Restroom: Vault Toilet (2)
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Ranger Station in Saratoga, WY (Brush Creek Hayden District) 307-326-5258   

General Information


From Saratoga, WY take the Snowy Range Highway east 20 miles to Forest Road 100. Turn onto Forest Road 100 and drive approximately 20 miles to the Bow River campground. This is a slow drive.

From Elk Mountain, WY take Carbon County Road 101 south to the National Forest boundary. Continue on Road 101 to Forest Road 100, approximately 2 miles. Turn onto Forest Road 100 and watch for the campground in less than .5 mile.

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