It’s hard to believe that such a small river, like the North Platte, can create such a huge reservoir, like the Glendo Reservoir. But that is what happened after engineers built a 20-story dam in the late 1950s. Today, Glendo Reservoir provides irrigation, flood control, and hydroelectric power to much of southeastern Wyoming.
The combination of a vast man-made lake and the vast Wyoming landscape also presents a number of recreational opportunities. Glendo State Park contains over 45 miles of hiking trails, so RV visitors can feel close to nature. Laramie Peak, the highest point in Wyoming, towers over the park. Gendo Lake is also famous for fishing. A number of prize-winning catches are from this lake.
Perhaps best of all, Glendo State Park is a great place for RV camping. There are over 500 places to park your rig. Some campsites are quite primitive, some are quite luxurious, and some are in between. So, the RV camping experience is yours, for a week or a weekend.
RV Rentals in Glendo State Park
Transportation in Glendo State Park
Glendo State Park is located just east of Interstate 25 about halfway between Casper to the north and Cheyenne to the south. There are a few curves here and there, but for the most part, Interstate 25 is a very straight road. It’s also a fairly wide four-lane divided highway that has a service road most of the way. There are very few highway overpasses to worry about, and all of them should provide plenty of RV clearance.
Towns along the way are few and far between, but there are some here and there. If you come south from Casper, you’ll go through or past Glenrock, Douglas, and a few other spots. Coming north from Cheyenne, there’s Slater and Wheatland. All of these towns are big enough to have grocery and general stores. But if you need to stock up on RV supplies, you probably should stop in Casper or Cheyenne.
There is ample parking in the developed areas of Glendo State Park, mostly in the southwest part of the lake. There’s a large peninsula which juts out into Lake Glendo between Goose Bay and Whiskey Gulch. Additional parking is available around Broken Arrow and Indian Point. If you take your RV to these places, watch your speed on the camp road, as it is rather narrow and winding.
Campgrounds and parking in Glendo State Park
Campsites in Glendo State Park
Douglas, WY is the place to be if you're looking to climb the Laramie Peak, walk a section of the Oregon or Mormon Trail, or spot herds of bighorn sheep, elk, mule deer, and pronghorn. Bring your big rigs to the Douglas KOA where they’ll comfortably fit in full hookup sites of up to 86 feet in length with 50-amp service. Cable TV and free internet let you stay connected during your travels, while the heated outdoor pool, mini-golf, ping pong, basketball and tennis courts will keep you entertained. An office and well-stocked store, dog park, horse stalls and propane can be found on-site.
The Cadillac of Glendo State Park RV campgrounds has 200 level, shaded, and wind-sheltered electric hookup RV sites near the North Platte River dam. The sites are arrayed along a bluff among pine trees. Two Moon offers easy access to the Park Headquarters and also most of the major hiking trails. Additionally, paved roads link the campsites.
This unique RV campsite features a Day Use area for waterskiing and other activities, lots of trees not far above the waterline, and a two-mile long sandy beach. Most of the designated campsites have electrical hookups. Who would have thought that RVers could find a beach camping spot in the middle of Wyoming? Sandy Beach is not as remote as Elk Horn, but you will have lots of privacy here.
This campground features 30 electrical hookup sites which are nestled alongside a small bay. Reno Cove is quite picturesque but also quite rugged. There is a little shade, but not much, and most of the sites are unlevel. The aforementioned RV dump station is on the other side of Whiskey Gulch.
Sagebrush and Whiskey Gulch
Now we’re getting to the nicer RV campsites at Glendo State Park. The 100 sites at Sagebrush and Whiskey Gulch overlook both the vastness of Glendo Lake and the compactness of Whiskey Gulch, so these sites are very scenic. Don't forget the Rocky Mountains which tower overhead just to the west of the park. There are no hookups, but these two campgrounds are within walking distance of Park Headquarters. Pretty much all the sites are shaded and level.
If you want to get away from it all in your RV, you cannot do much better than Elk Horn. It's on the opposite end of the lake from the more-developed park areas. So, there's practically no foot traffic. In July, there is no boat traffic either. As lake water recedes, the boat launch becomes a mud launch. Elk Horn has 20 no-hookup RV campsites which are somewhat shady and rather small.
Colter Bay, Custer Cove, and Soldier Rock
The 40 RV sites in these three camps are mostly level, mostly shaded, and mostly protected from the wind. Colter Bay, Custer Cove, and Soldier Rock are also pretty close to the Glendo State Park headquarters. Now for the not-so-good news. The Glendo Lake shoreline is a bit muddy and rocky. Furthermore, there are no electrical or other hookups in any of these camps. Custer Cove does accept reservations, but the other two camping areas do not.
Waters Point and Red Hills
These two primitive campsites have 45 RV parking spots. Both campgrounds offer lake access, a beach, and a small boat-tying bay. By the way, we do mean primitive. These spots have no hookups and many of them are not level. These campgrounds are also open, unshaded, and windy. All Glendo State Park RV campsites share a large, two-lane dump station which is conveniently located at Park Headquarters. During the summer, drinking water is available at this station as well.
Seasonal activities in Glendo State Park
Pretty much all the hiking and biking trails start or end at Dam Overlook, Two Moon, Wetlands Dam, or Sandy Beach. There is parking at each trailhead. So, it’s easy to leave your RV and explore Glendo State Park on foot or on your mountain bike. Feather Rim is one of the easiest and longest trails in the park. It’s basically an unpaved sidewalk that offers very nice views of the lake. Barrel Roll, which is near the end of Feather Rim, is one of the shortest and most difficult trails in the Park. There are lots of trails in between. You might also like Buffalo Run (two-mile easy/intermediate trail), Narrows Bluff (seven-mile intermediate trail), and Wetlands Trail (two-mile easy trail).
Sandy Beach and Shelter Point are both no-wake zones. These are the best swimming spots, especially since no lifeguard is on duty. If you enjoy a little more serenity while swimming, hike from Sandy Beach to Burnt Wagon for the day. The nearest boat launch is a long way away and this part of the park is rather isolated.
The vast Glendo Reservoir includes bass, catfish, and most other types of freshwater fish. But it’s famous for perch and walleye. Additionally, park rangers stock trout above and below the dam. So, even inexperienced anglers should expect decent catches whether they fish from shore or from a boat. Late spring and early summer are the best fishing times. The Bennett Hill fish cleaning station is open from May to September, and there are two fishing piers along the Glendo Dam Wetlands trail.
If you’re looking for a harsh Wyoming winter like you see in the cowboy movies, do not come to Glendo State Park. The winters here are relatively mild, probably because the mountains to the west block much of the severe winter weather. The climate is good news all around. Most of the aforementioned outdoor activities are available all year long, although swimming could get awfully cold in the spring and autumn. Winter activities include ice fishing and fat biking.
Glendo State Park includes hunting areas north of Indian Point and west of Waters Point. Most hunting seasons run from September through December. Larger game includes deer, elk, moose, and antelope. There’s also lots of bird and small-game hunting opportunities at Glendo State Park. The annual Pheasant Management Hunt is pretty cool.
The 3D archery range is a new park feature which opened in August 2018. It’s a lot of fun to move along frosty trails in the winter and shoot at pop-up, game-shaped targets which cannot run away or charge at you. There are two different courses: one with six targets and one with twenty targets. Kids are welcome, as long as they are with adults. Both courses are usually open year-round, but be sure and check with park rangers.