Lewis Lake Picnic Site

Area Status: Open
Lewis Lake and Browns Peak

Located off the Snowy Range Scenic Byway, this is a great spot at the base of Medicine Bow Peak, Sugarloaf Mountain, Gap Lakes Trail, and Browns Peak to stop and have lunch and stretch your legs. Spectacular scenery is all around you.  It is managed by the Laramie Ranger District.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: 8/6/22 -Open for season. Visitors accessing Sheep Lake should be aware that the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality received the attached report of a potential harmful cyanobacterial bloom (HCB). Testing is being conducted, and results will be shared on this page. Until conclusive results are available, please use extreme caution and avoid entering the water or its mist or allowing pets to do so.
Operational Hours: Open seasonally, weather dependent. Usually mid July thru late September.
Reservations: No reservations, first come first served
Area Amenities: Picnic tables
Fees: $5/vehicle/day
Usage: Heavy
Closest Towns: Centennial, WY; Laramie, WY
Water: No Potable Water
Restroom: No
Information Center: Laramie Ranger District
2468 Jackson St
Laramie, WY 82070

General Information

Directions: Directions from Laramie: 40 miles west on HWY. 130, Then 1 mile north into Sugarloaf Recreation Area

Recreation Map

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Mountain Climbing

Lake and Pond Fishing

Lewis Lake is 19 acres in size with a water depth of 33 feet. The lake contains brook trout and Splake (a cross between a male brook trout and female lake trout) and is annually stocked by the Wyoming Game and Fish Department (WGFD).

There are two trailheads located off the parking lot. The Gap Lakes Trail (#108), north end of the parking lot, provides access to multiple lakes with good fishing. This trail accesses North and South Gap lakes, Crescent Lake, Cutthroat Lake and Arrowhead Lake. South Gap Lake supports a cutthroat trout and rainbow trout fisheries. All other lakes support brook trout.

Located approximately 0.25 miles north of the Gaps Lake Trailhead is the Lost-Glacier Lakes Trail (#395). This trail travels east and accesses Telephone, Lost, and East and West Glacier lakes. All of these lakes support brook trout. East Glacier Lake also supports cutthroat trout.

Shelf Lakes Trail (#109), approximately 1.7 miles from the Gaps Lake Trailhead, accesses Shelf Lakes just east of North Gap Lake. Shelf Lakes contain golden and brook trout.

The Medicine Bow Peak Trail (#295) is located at the south end of the parking lot and provides access to Lookout, Klondyke and Mirror lakes. Brook trout can be found in all lakes, in addtion to rainbow, cutthroat and Splake in Mirror Lake.

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


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