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Guernsey State Park - General Information

 

Guernsey State Park provides seven campgrounds. Five are around the lake. All campgrounds include comfort stations, picnic tables, fire grills and drinking water. We also have a trailer dump station located at the south entrance to Guernsey State Park. This park provides the finest examples of Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) work in the Rocky Mountain area. Built by the CCC, the Guernsey Museum, the Castle and Brimmer Point are available to explore. The museum is perched on a high cliff, overlooking the water. The building itself is made of hand hewn timbers and hand forged iron. The roof is framed with the timbers and covered with split cedar shakes, and the floors were formed by pieces of smooth flagstone. The Castle, with its giant fireplace and winding steps, leads to an observation area for a spectacular view of the park.

An extensive network of trails was originally planned and partially built during the operation of the CCC camps. Ever since that time hiking and trail use has been a major feature at Guernsey State Park. Approximately ten miles of CCC trails have been restored on the park. Starting point for the trail system is at the Brimmer Point turnoff. The trail system consists of several loops which provide a variety of scenic views of the park, reservoir and the dam. Most of the trails are moderately physically demanding.

The Oregon Trail was one of the primary routes used by the immigrants' westward migration across the plains from 1841 to 1869. Today, in many parts of Wyoming, remnants of The Oregon Trail can still be seen. Some of the best examples are the "ruts"; located just 1/2 mile south of the town of Guernsey, off Highway 26.

Register Cliff located two miles southeast of Guernsey provided travelers with a "chalkboard" where they placed their names for those who followed. The landmark still remains much the way it looked to pioneers on wagon trains journeying West.

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State Parks offers other alternatives during Guernsey silt run

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According to information provided by the Bureau of Reclamation, the annual Guernsey Reservoir silt run will begin the evening of July 5 and the boat ramps are expected to no longer be useable by July 9.

Due to low water levels at Guernsey State Park during the time period, water recreation opportunities will not be available through July 27 when the reservoir is expected to return to normal.

The Park will remain open as always during the silt run and visitors can expect much less traffic and neighboring campers.

Guernsey State Park also offers alternative activities, such as hiking, visiting the local CCO-built "Castle" and the Oregon Trail Ruts/Register Cliff. 

Those looking to pursue water sports are encouraged to visit Glendo State Park or other venues like Seminoe and Curt Gowdy which offer a variety of outdoor recreation opportunities ranging from fishing, boating, hiking, mountain biking and others.

The silt run is a yearly operation that provides silt-laden water to Goshen, Gering-Fort Laramie, and Pathfinder irrigation districts under contract with the BOR. These typically occur after July 4, but can vary on exact date and frequency year to year depending on water levels and needs for irrigation.

Wyoming State Parks apologizes for the inconvenience of the silt run to recreationists. Persons with questions/concerns are asked to please call Cheyenne HQ at 307-777-6323.

 

 

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Important Rules and Regulations

 

  • Obey signs, traffic barriers and speed limits.
  • Motorized vehicles shall be operated only on the designated roadways of the park. A valid driver’s license is required.
  • Use of firearms and fireworks is prohibited.
  • Camping in designated campsites only. Camping is restricted to one camping unit (tent, travel trailer, or motor vehicle designated for camping) plus two licensed vehicles (car or boat, ORV/jet ski trailer) plus a maximum of 10 people.
  • Camping is permitted for a maximum of 14 days in a 30 day period. valis permits are required.
  • Quiet hours shall be maintained in all camping areas from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.
  • All pets must be kept on a leash. Pets prohibited on designated beaches.
  • Glass containers must be used in vehicles or camping structures.
  • Fire are permitted only in provided fireplaces, grills and metal fire rings and must be extinguished before leaving.
  • Fishing and Boating are permitted subject to regulations of the Wyoming Game and Fish Commission.
  • No fishing within 20 yards of any boat ramp/dock or designated beach area.
  • Park dumpsters and trash receptacles are for park refuse only- litter and trash must be disposed of in provided containers.
  • A complete list of SPHS&T rules and regulations are available at park headquarters and entry station booths.

 

 
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Site Status

 

Fire Restrictions to Begin at Glendo & Guernsey


Platte County has officially instituted a fire restriction due to high fire danger which will be put into effect in Glendo and Guernsey State Park immediately!

No wood fires or open flames of any kind, tiki torches, or fireworks are allowed while under a fire ban. Please plan ahead and consider bringing a gas or propane stove, charcoal grill (with a lid), or gas fire pit instead. Thank you for your help and cooperation in protecting our resource!


GUERNSEY LOW WATER LEVELS 7/9 - 7/26


Please be advised that the annual Guernsey silt run will soon take place. Water levels at Guernsey State Park will be affected drastically.

Beginning on July 5th, the release of water from Glendo reservoir will be decreased. Guernsey water levels will lower rapidly, with boat ramps becoming unusable by July 9th. The reservoir is expected to be suitable for swimming/boating again by the morning of July 27th.

 

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

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Hours

 
  • Guernsey State Park is open all year. Since we do have overnight camping the park is open 24 hours per day with the appropriate permits.
  • The Guernsey Museum is a seasonal facility that is open from May 1 through September 30. Visitors may visit the Museum between the hours of 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m..

 

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307-836-2334

 

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 Guernsey State Park
 2187 Lake Side Drive
 Guernsey, WY 82214

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