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National Association Of State Park Directors
Wyoming State Parks
Historic Sites & Trails
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2301 Central Avenue
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Guernsey State Park


Camping at Guernsey State Park

Reservable: 120 *
Non-reservable: 96 *
Tent: 24 *
Total: 240 *
Hookups (electrical/water): 16 *
* Does not indicate availability

Campground Maps
Cottonwood Cove Fish Canyon Cove
Gurnsey Yurts Campground Long Canyon
Overview Sandy Beach
Sandy Cove Sandy Point


Beach Bird Watching
Boat Dock/Ramp Boating
Campsites* Coin-op Showers
Drinking Water Dump Station
Fishing Group Picnic Shelter
Hiking Hookups (Elec/Water)
Museum Picnic Area
Playground Restrooms
Swimming Trails
Visitor Center Volksmarch

* Please call the individual site for questions regarding RV length limits.


Daily Use
• parks - $4.00
• historic sites - $2.00
• annual - $33.00
Overnight Camping
• night - $10.00 (includes daily use fee)
• annual - $40.00 (does not include daily use fee)
Daily Use
• parks - $6.00
• historic site - $4.00
• annual - $53.00
Overnight Camping
• night - $17.00 (includes daily use fee)
• annual - Not available

Ranger Recreational Use Report

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Updated: August 23rd, 2016

Visitors often ask what the lake looks like during the silt run. These photos demonstrate both the high and low points. The lake takes on an entirely different look, both of which are beautiful in their own right.

With Labor Day fast approaching, you can still make plans to come to the lake and there will be many first come campsites available. The nights are getting cooler and the sun is setting sooner so please be prepared with sweatshirts and possibly long pants for the evenings.

The fire ban is still in place, and while you won’t be able to have a fire, you can enjoy the evenings in your campers or tents with cards or board games. Charcoal or propane grills will lids are allowed for your meals, but open flame fires are strictly prohibited. Propane fired backyard fire pits are not allowed.

The recent fire just outside the park destroyed the Osprey nest that greeted visitors as you enter the park off of Highway 26. A young Osprey had to be rescued after the fire and was taken to a raptor center. Many of our visitors have watched as the small Osprey grew up. This is a sobering reminder of how all of us need to be extra careful with the dry conditions.

All park activities are encouraged. Remember to hike the trails, see the museum, and go to the Oregon Trail Ruts and Register Cliff. Enjoy the last few weekends before school begins.

Phil Martindale
Park Ranger

Glendo, Guernsey state parks to observe fire bans

Posted: Thursday, July 07, 2016
Contact: Brian Johnson

Due to the recent warm and dry weather Platte County has implemented a county-wide fire ban.

In accordance with the county’s ban, Glendo and Guernsey State Parks have implemented fire bans.

All fires including those in approved park provided rings are prohibited. Gas and charcoal grills are allowed as long as they have a lid. These types of grills must be attended during their use. Smoking is prohibited unless in a closed vehicle.

This fire ban is expected to remain in effect for the remainder of the season. Visitors are also reminded that possession of fireworks is prohibited on a permanent basis in all of Wyoming State Parks.

Glendo and Guernsey are still experiencing excellent water levels and park officials are still encouraging the public to visit the parks and enjoy the many recreational opportunities that exist.

Announcement - Guernsey Reservoir Silt Run, Updated

Based on information from the Bureau of Reclamation, a silt run will take place beginning July 27, 2016 and ending around August 18, 2016. This will result in draining of the reservoir to levels that will not accommodate water activities including but not limited to boating, jet skiing, and swimming. This date is subject to change per Bureau of Reclamation water operations. Guernsey State Park will remain open for visitors to enjoy the other non-water based recreation opportunities during this event. Please revisit our website for up to date information.

Brief history of Guernsey Reservoir

Click here to see a brief history of Guernsey and historic photo albums.

History of Guernsey Dam

The Bureau of Reclamation has constructed a number of dams on the North Platte River, including the historic Guernsey Dam, completed in July 1927. Click here to learn more.

About Guernsey State Park

Guernsey State Park provides seven campgrounds. Five are around the lake. All campgrounds include comfort stations, picnic tables, fire grills and drinking water. We also have a trailer dump station located at the south entrance to Guernsey State Park. This park provides the finest examples of Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) work in the Rocky Mountain area. Built by the CCC, the Guernsey Museum, the Castle and Brimmer Point are available to explore. The museum is perched on a high cliff, overlooking the water. The building itself is made of hand hewn timbers and hand forged iron. The roof is framed with the timbers and covered with split cedar shakes, and the floors were formed by pieces of smooth flagstone. The Castle, with its giant fireplace and winding steps, leads to an observation area for a spectacular view of the park.

An extensive network of trails was originally planned and partially built during the operation of the CCC camps. Ever since that time hiking and trail use has been a major feature at Guernsey State Park. Approximately ten miles of CCC trails have been restored on the park. Starting point for the trail system is at the Brimmer Point turnoff. The trail system consists of several loops which provide a variety of scenic views of the park, reservoir and the dam. Most of the trails are moderately physically demanding.

The Oregon Trail was one of the primary routes used by the immigrants' westward migration across the plains from 1841 to 1869. Today, in many parts of Wyoming, remnants of The Oregon Trail can still be seen. Some of the best examples are the "ruts"; located just 1/2 mile south of the town of Guernsey, off Highway 26.

Register Cliff located two miles southeast of Guernsey provided travelers with a "chalkboard" where they placed their names for those who followed. The landmark still remains much the way it looked to pioneers on wagon trains journeying West.