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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.


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.

Buffalo Bill hosts Youth Fishing Derby


July 18, 2018
Contact: Dan Marty, 307-587-9227

Anglers aged 1-13 are encouraged to take part in a special day of fishing during the
Buffalo Bill State Park Youth Fishing Derby August 11 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Kids can enjoy a free day of fishing for themselves and their family, free access to the
park and a free fishing pole.

After a day of fishing, prizes will be awarded and food and drinks will be available at the
Sheep Mountain Day Use area at 4 p.m.

There is no cost to enter, however a registration form must be filled out. Forms are
available at the park headquarters, park fee booths, on-line or on the Buffalo Bill State Park
Facebook page. Registration forms can be delivered to the Buffalo Bill State Park fee booths,
mailed in or turned in the day of the derby.

Participants must have parental or guardian supervision during the derby. Boundaries
for the derby are Buffalo Bill Reservoir and surrounding areas.

This is not a competition for size or length, however if a game fish is caught, please put
on ice and enter the free fish mount drawing donated by Canyon Fish Taxidermy during the
afternoon event. You must be present to win.

Sponsors of the Buffalo Bill Youth Fishing Derby are Buffalo Bill State Park, Riverbend
Cabins, Park County Sheriff’s Office, Wyoming Game and Fish, Treasured Memories, Majestic
Lube of Cody, North Platte Walleye Unlimited, Tread-N-Trails and Pepsi of Powell.
For more information, please call 307-587-9227.


Wyoming State Parks, Historic Sites & Trails
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Site Status




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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