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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.

Boaters at BBSP Urged to Be Aware of Aerial Water Dipping


Boaters at BBSP urged to be aware of aerial water dipping            

As part of the Fishhawk Firefighting efforts in Park County, helicopters are dipping water from the reservoir at Buffalo Bill State Park.

Boaters on Buffalo Bill Reservoir are asked to avoid the areas where low flying helicopter operations are taking place.

Boating is not restricted on the reservoir at this time and Buffalo Bill State Park remains open.

Additionally, the public is asked to refrain from using drones at Buffalo Bill State Park and the Fishhawk Fire area as they pose a serious threat to pilot safety.

For up-to-date information regarding boating on Buffalo Bill Reservoir, please visit the Buffalo Bill State Park Facebook page..

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COVID-19 Coronavirus
Important Information:

Camping in Wyoming State Parks now open to ALL visitors. Reservations required. Social distancing guidelines in place. 




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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