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Boysen State Park, Shoshoni

#122 of 136 in Nature in Wyoming
State Park · Hidden Gem · Park
Boysen State Park offers 3 entrances: U.S. Highway 20 (east side), U.S. Highway 26 (south side) and Bass Lake Road (west side).

Boysen State Park is surrounded by the Wind River Indian Reservation and offers both day-use and overnight camping facilities. Boysen Reservoir is well-known as one of Wyoming’s best walleye and trout fisheries. During most of the season, the reservoir is warm enough for all water sports and an easily accessible swimming beach is located on the east shore. Water skiing is a popular sport here.

Concessions and a marina serve the north end of the lake and offer food, bait, boat fuel and fishing licenses. In winter, the reservoir has first-rate ice fishing. A wide range of fish is present, including walleye, sauger, perch, crappie, ling, rainbow, cutthroat and brown trout, largemouth bass, bluegill, stonecat, black bullhead, mountain whitefish, lake trout, brook trout and splake. Non-game species include carp, fathead minnow, plains killifish, golden and sand shiners; flathead, lake and creek chubs; white, longnose and northern redhorse suckers; and the river carpsucker.

Boysen offers fishing, camping and a variety of water sports , plus picnicking and sightseeing. There are 76 miles of shoreline plus several areas below the dam, along the waters of the Wind River. Several state record fish have been caught in this area.

Boysen State Park is one of the larger parks in the State Park System. It is a lake-orientated park at the south end of the Owl Creek Mountains at the mouth of Wind River Canyon now part of the Wind River Canyon Scenic Byway. It offers a variety of water type recreation. Day and camping facilities are available. It features interesting geological formations. Several state record fish have been caught out of the reservoir.

Winter Services... We are open year-round with limited services in the winter season. All of our water systems, except for Brannon are closed from October 1st - April 30th.
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  • What a lovely place to stay, right on the Wind River, after having driven through the amazing Wind River Canyon. Level sites under big shade trees. A little highway noise, but we were fortunate to...  more »
  • Did not stay at park, just passing through on way to Cody. After a long rather boring drive across Wyoming from Casper this drive along the canyon road from Shoshoni to Thermopolis following the...  more »
  • It's a great place to boat and camp. We stayed in the tough Creek camp ground. It was a fun time at a beautiful Wyoming state park.
  • We buy the camp pass every year. This is the first year we will actually use it. Took a drive up from Casper to scout it out today. Found that most sites require you to reserve it. So I just got online to reserve for next week. The phone line is only available Mon-Fri until June 1st so we can not use that until it is too late. Got everything set up thinking the camp pass and day pass would cover all fees....wrong! They charged us a $7.50 reservation fee! I know that is not much but I feel like I am being ripped off because I already paid $50 for the camp pass alone and this is likely the only time we will use it, so yeah I am a bit upset by this! Next year we will stick with anything but the state parks!

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