Wyoming isn’t necessarily known for its beaches, but across the state there are quite a few amazing places to play and cool off throughout the hot summer months. In fact, many locations include sandy beaches and snorkeling, swimming and boating opportunities. Who needs to go to Hawaii when you have beaches and fantastic water recreation right here in Wyoming?
Alcova Reservoir Beaches – Southwest of Casper
The numerous beaches along Alcova Reservoir are perfect for sandy play… in Wyoming! Little Sandy Beach (or Children’s Beach) is a perfect place for kids to swim, build sand castles and run around on the playground. Picnic shelters and restrooms are available. Just a way down the bay are public boat docks that can be rented for the day (reservations recommended). Sandy Beach (not to be confused with the aforementioned LITTLE Sandy Beach) is another great place for swimming and beach volleyball.
Glendo State Park – Glendo
Located just 100 miles north of Cheyenne, Glendo State Park is a water-based recreation mecca with six boat launching areas, many picnic shelters with shade and hundreds of campsites. Swimming is available at both Shelter Point and Sandy Beach in no wake zones. They also have a relatively new non-motorized trail system, perfect for mountain biking between dips in the water.
Guernsey State Park – Northwest of Guernsey
With four official beach areas, Guernsey State Park is a great place to play in the water and has access to shade, too. But in addition to swimming and camping, it also abounds with rich history to explore, including Oregon Trail Ruts and Register Cliff. Check out the junior ranger program and don’t miss the museum.
Boysen Reservoir – Shoshoni
Visit the swim beach located at the Brannon Campground at the north end of Boysen Reservoir for access to a change house and great swimming. The Reservoir is ideal for boating with launches at Brannon, Tough Creek, Lakeside, Fremont and Cottonwood Bay.
Fremont Lake – Pinedale
Visit Sandy Beach on the southeast shore of Fremont Lake in Pinedale for a variety of water activities. The pristine water is perfect for stand-up paddleboarding, kayaking, swimming and snorkeling, making it a top choice for Wyoming beaches to discover. Note that dogs are not allowed and will be ticketed.
Brooks Lake and Jade Lake – Dubois
Brooks Lake sits on top of Togwotee pass down a dirt road, but it’s worth the effort of making the drive. While recently some fire and beetle damage has killed some of the surrounding trees, beauty still abounds. This is another great place to have a boat to explore or fish. Want to get a bit more off the beaten path? Follow the trail from Brooks Lake up to Jade Lake for more awesome views, fishing and swimming if you are alright with cold water.
Flaming Gorge Reservoir at Buckboard Marina – South of Green River
The huge, 207,363 acre Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area spans both Wyoming and Utah and is a must-see. Visit the Buckboard Marina just south of the town of Green River to access boating (boat rentals available) in the Flaming Gorge Reservoir. There is also a full-service RV park there and fantastic fishing.
Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area – Lovell
Bighorn Canyon National Recreation area, which spans both the Lovell, Wyoming district and Fort Smith, Montana district, is a gorgeous area to spend hot summer days. Towering canyon walls frame the waters of the Bighorn Lake making the area also very picturesque. It is a great place to bring your own boat or rent one, go fishing or camp in one of the 100 spots along the river.
Keyhole State Park – Moorcroft
Keyhole State Park offers a fantastic summer recreation area, including a 14,000-acre reservoir. Visit the beach area specifically for swimming or check the marina for boat launching and fishing access. Fishing is great from a boat or from the shore. Other waterplay opportunities include snorkeling, kayaking, water skiing and wind surfing.
String Lake – Grand Teton National Park
Located in Grand Teton National Park, the beauty of String Lake is tough to beat. The mountains literally meet the water here, making for fantastic views. Plan to bring a paddle boat or stand-up paddleboard so you can get away from the busy shoreline, as this is a popular area. We recommend arriving early to get a parking spot or coming in late afternoon after most people head out for the day.
Indian Creek Campground – Yellowstone
Indian Creek is a campground in Yellowstone National Park, but it’s also an easy place to picnic and access family-friendly water for wading. Turn into the campground, cross the bridge and park at the picnic area. There is shade from one tree and the water is mellow in later summer – perfect for splashing.
Buffalo Bill Reservoir – Cody
This reservoir is a quick (and beautiful) drive right outside of Cody. While shade is limited, it’s a great place to go fishing and boating. Be aware that the water is very cold and this area is often windy, making it not ideal for swimming, stand-up paddleboarding or small boats.
Follow these tips to make sure your trip to Wyoming’s beaches and waterfronts are safe and enjoyable.
- Be prepared for high elevation by dressing in layers and drinking plenty of water.
- Follow all rules and safety regulations put in place by each respective beach and waterway.
- Pack out what you packed in – don’t leave trash or belongings behind.
For more mindful travel tips, visit WY Responsibly.