Bow River Campground

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Bow River Campground 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 middlestory which provides privacy. The campground is quiet and tranquil.
This is a pack-in pack-out campground.  No trash service in the area.

NUMBER OF SITES: 13 campsites (small trailers)

AMENITIES: Picnic tables, one vault toilet, potable water, and fire rings (NO TRASH SERVICE)


Please check with the Brush Creek Hayden Ranger station prior to your arrival to find out if campfires are allowed as fire restrictions and fire bans can go into effect at any given time. Get the latest status by calling 307-326-5258

PETS: Allowed, but must be kept on a leash no longer than 6 feet and under control at all times.




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.

HIKING: Opportunities for nearby hiking include:  
     For details on these trails go to homepage, click recreation, click day hiking, click the area.

  • Rock Creek
  • Sheep Lake
  • Crater Lake


FISHING AND BOATING: Fishing opportunities nearby
Both Sand Lake and Turpin Reservoir are stocked by the Wyoming Game and Fish Department (WGFD).

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

WATERCRAFT: 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 Wyoming Game and Fish Department (WGFD) in Cheyenne or Laramie.





At a Glance

Current Conditions: 9/13/2021 water shut off for season, no trash services.
Operational Hours: SEASON: Open mid-June to mid-September (weather permitting, varies due to snow) 
Gates close for the winter Mid September  

STAY LIMIT: Maximum stay is 14 nights. 

FOR QUESTIONS CONTACT: The Ranger Station in Saratoga (Brush Creek Hayden Ranger District)
Calls taken M-F 8am - 4:30pm (Closed weekends and holidays)
2171 S. HWY 130, Saratoga, WY 82331
Reservations: No reservable sites
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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No. of Sites 13 single site(s)
Reservation Info Not reservable
No. of Accessible sites None


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