Bow River Campground

Area Status: Open

Bow River Campground hosts 13 campsites and is located on the upper Medicine Bow River. The campground is located next to Bow River in a heavily wooded forest of Lodgepole and Spruce pines and some young Aspen. The sites are well separated with heavy understory and middle-story which provides privacy. The campground is quiet and tranquil. This is a pack-in pack-out campground.  No trash service in the area.

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.

Nearby hiking trails include Rock Creek, Sheep Lake, and Crater Lake.

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At a Glance

Current Conditions: Open for 2024 Season!
Reservations: Out of the 13 campsites, 8 of them are reservable through
Area Amenities: Tent camping, Camping trailer, Picnic tables, Toilets, Drinking water, Parking
Fees: $14 per site.  
Usage: Medium
Closest Towns: Saratoga, WY
Water: Yes
Restroom: Yes
Information Center: Brush Creek Hayden Ranger District
2171 S. HWY 130
Saratoga, WY 82331

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.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Mountain Biking

Campground Camping

No. of Sites 13 single site(s)
Reservation Info Not reservable
No. of Accessible sites None

Lake and Pond Fishing

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). Turpin Reservoir supports populations of brook trout and Splake.

There is no boat ramp at Sand Lake. Watercraft must be carried a short distance to the lake. 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.

River and Stream Fishing

 Bow River supports populations of brook, brown and rainbow trout.

Big Game Hunting

OHV Road Riding



Camping trailer: 32' maximum

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