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About Our Site - Buffalo Bill State Park

 

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.

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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.

Public Invited to Buffalo Bill State Park Shop for a Bird Nesting Box Workshop

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Interested in learning basic carpentry skills while benefiting Buffalo Bill State Park and its bluebird and owl population?

The public is invited to the Buffalo Bill State Park shop for a bird nesting box workshop August 16 from 9 a.m. until noon. The boxes will be placed at various locations in the park at a later date and benefit birds such as Bluebirds and Owls. Come help build these fun boxes for the park’s birds.

The Buffalo Bill State Park shop is located at 49 Lakeside Road near Cody, 11 miles up North Fork on US 14-16-20.

Please RSVP by calling park headquarters at 307-587-9227.

 

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Site Status

 

Park is open year round for camping and day use.  Certain facilities and amenities are shut down due to weather and winter season.

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Hours

 

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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307-587-9227

 

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 Buffalo Bill State Park
 4192 Northfork Hwy
 Cody, WY 82414

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