West Lake Marie

Area Status: Open
West Lake Marie

This scenic trailhead parking area provides access to trails ranging from easy to difficult, beautiful views of alpine lakes, wildlife, and Medicine Bow Peak, and a place to stretch your legs with easy access to Medicine Bow Peak TrailTipple TrailLakes Trail, and Lake Marie Falls.  The Lake Marie Trail is a paved, accessible trail that connects to Mirror Lake Picnic and Fishing Site. This parking area provides a perfect basecamp for exploring trails or making a quick stop along the Snowy Range Highway, with two vault toilets. Recently, a small picnic area with 3 tables with fire rings has been added and is suitable for small groups. Parking and picnic area access are non-reservable and are usable on a first come, first served basis.

This spot is incredibly popular in the summer, and parking can be difficult. If parking is not available, do not park on the roadside or block other vehicles; please explore another beautiful destination nearby. If you are planning a larger gathering, consider nearby locations with better infrastructure for larger groups, such as Tipple Trail, Silver Lake Campground, Mirror Lake Picnic and Fishing Site, or Lewis Lake Picnic Site. These, while also popular, are further removed from the highway and have larger parking areas.

Access to the area by car is available while the Scenic Byway is open, usually Memorial Day through October, weather permitting. Winter access is available by snowmobile.

As services are increased at this area, please make sure to check all posted signage for safety information, restrictions, and any potential fees.

Lake Marie was named for Mrs. May (Marie) Bellamy (1861-1955) by her husband, Charles Bellamy, who was a government surveyor. After Marie was elected to the Wyoming Legislature, she led the successful suffrage drive that resulted in the passage of the 19th amendment to the United State Constitution. 

Mary G. Bellamy was born on December 13, 1861. After moving to Laramie in 1873 she became one of the three members of the first graduating class of Laramie High School. Starting her teaching in 1878 in Tybo, Nevada, she returned to Laramie in 1882. Mary married Charles Bellamy in 1886. After successfully being elected to the office of Albany County Superintendent of Schools in 1902, she became the first woman to be elected to the Wyoming Legislature in 1910.

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At a Glance

Operational Hours: Open year round, with highway access Memorial Day to late October, and snowmobile access in winter.
Reservations: Reservations not available
Area Amenities: Accessible, Picnic tables, Toilets, Parking
Fees: Free
Permit Info: Due to site popularity, special use and event permits are not typically approved for this area. For more information on special use permits, visit our Event/Commercial Permits page.
Open Season: January - December
Usage: Medium-Heavy
Closest Towns: Centennial, WY; Saratoga, WY
Water: No Water Available
Restroom: Vault Toilet (2)
Information Center: Brush Creek-Hayden Ranger District
2171 South Hwy 130
Saratoga, WY 82331

General Information


From Centennial, WY, head west on Highway 130. Continue 14.1 miles, then turn right into the parking lot.

From Saratoga, WY, head south on Highway 130. After 7.8 miles, turn left onto Highway 130, then continue 26.2 miles and turn left into the parking lot. 

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Lake and Pond Fishing

Lake Marie and Mirror Lake are two of several popular fishing destination in the Snowy Range. Both lakes are similar in size at 26 acres, water depths (40 feet and 50 feet respectively), and are annually stocked by the Wyoming Game and Fish Department (WGFD). Fish species present in both lakes include brook trout, cutthroat trout, rainbow trout and Splake (hybrid between a male brook and female lake trout).

Internal-combustion motors are prohibited on most Forest lakes. Use of live-bait fish is prohibited in lakes and streams of the Forest. For more information on boating and fishing regulations, contact the WGFD located in Cheyenne or Laramie.

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