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Guernsey State Park, Guernsey

#75 of 138 in Nature in Wyoming
Guernsey State Park is a public recreation area surrounding the Guernsey Reservoir, an impoundment of the North Platte River, near the town of Guernsey in Platte County, Wyoming. The state park features multiple campgrounds, boat ramps, and hiking trails as well as exceptional examples of structures created by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s. Facilities are managed for the Bureau of Reclamation by the Wyoming Division of State Parks and Historic Sites.
The park had its beginnings with construction of the Guernsey Dam, which was completed in 1927. Beginning in 1934, workers with the Civilian Conservation Corps created recreational facilities on the land surrounding the dam's reservoir. Their labors came to an end in 1939. Park management fell to the state of Wyoming in 1957.
Lake Guernsey State Park (also known as Guernsey State Park Historic District, Lake Guernsey Park, Guernsey Lake Park, or Guernsey State Park) was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1997 for its Civilian Conservation Corps buildings and structures. The historic district contains 60 contributing resources: 14 buildings, 3 sites, and 43 structures, as well as 46 non-contributing resources.
The Guernsey State Park Museum offer information about the CCC and the natural and cultural history of the area. The park contains a separate National Historic Landmark, the Oregon Trail Ruts. Register Cliff, another feature of the Oregon Trail listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is located two miles southeast of the park.
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  • For anyone interested in the Civilian Conservation Corps under FDR and the New Deal, this museum is a must. The building itself is the most spectacular and important part of the museum. There is a sma...  more »
  • Our family (husband, myself & 4 kids ages 2-12) stayed in Yurt 4 for 3 days. The yurt itself was very nice - clean, well maintained & adequate room for our family of 6. The view from this particular y...  more »
  • Visited this park at the beginning of October. Campsites were empty. No running water. The lake was drained to less than half capacity. I heard is a great place in the summer time.
  • Visited the park to view the solar eclipse in August of 2017. Scenery is vast and plentiful. Swimming areas and plenty to explore.

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