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The history of Buffalo Bill Reservoir and “Cody Country” is rooted in the rich lore of the old West. Buffalo Bill State Park was named for Colonel William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody, famous as a wild west showman, promoter and developer. He first came to the region in the 1870s as a guide for a survey expedition and spent the next 20 years guiding and sponsoring hunting parties in the area.

“Buffalo Bill” Cody was influential in bringing irrigation and agricultural development into the area and founded the town in 1896 that bears his name. Some of the land now occupied by Buffalo Bill State Park was originally owned by Colonel Cody and was acquired from him by the federal government to implement the reservoir project.

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Work began on the dam in 1905. When completed in 1910, it was the highest dam in the world at 325 feet. Buffalo Bill State Park was established in 1957 and provided recreational areas and facilities along the original shoreline. In 1993, an eight-year project was completed that raised the crest of the dam 25 feet and increased the reservoir storage capacity. The enlarged reservoir inundated the former recreation areas and required removal of the old park facilities. Buffalo Bill State Park has been redeveloped as part of that project.

Biologist to Discuss Fisheries Management at BBSP Presentation

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Jason Burckhardt, a Game and Fish Department biologist, presents a program on the management of the Buffalo Bill Reservoir and North Fork Shoshone River fisheries, July 30, from 6 to 7 p.m.

The presentation will take place at the Buffalo Bill State Park Shreve Lodge.

Burckhardt will talk about management of these two high profile fisheries (trout and walleye) and discuss the recent research the Wyoming Game and Fish Department has been conducting in collaboration with other researchers.

He's been a fisheries biologist with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department in Cody for the past 17 years and these two fisheries have been some of his primary management responsibilities.

Burckhardt has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology from Truman State University (Missouri) and a Master’s Degree in Zoology and Physiology with an emphasis in Fisheries from the University of Wyoming.

Contact Buffalo Bill State Park at 307-587-9227 for additional information.

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Wyoming State Parks, Historic Sites & Trails
A Division of Wyoming State Parks & Cultural Resources
2301 Central Avenue, 4th Floor, Cheyenne, WY 82002
307-777-6323www.wyoparks.org

 

 

 

 

 
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Hours

 

May 1 - September 30:

Everything Open - Water and Showers weather dependent in May and September. Office hours 7am-7pm, Park open 24 hours a day to visitors; these hours vary as well due to seasonal employee personnel availability.

October - April: 

North Fork Campground Closed; Sheep Mountain Day Use Area Closed; Rest of park open to camping and day use, ALL water systems turned off for the winter season.

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 Buffalo Bill State Park
 4192 Northfork Hwy
 Cody, WY 82414

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