Glendo State Park in the southeastern section of Wyoming, offers 18,382 acres of rugged recreational space for everyone no matter what your favorite activity may be. It is hard to believe that such a small river like the North Platte can create such a huge reservoir like the Glendo Reservoir. However, that is what happened after engineers built a 20-story dam here in the late 1950s. Today, the Glendo Reservoir provides irrigation, flood control, and hydroelectric power to much of southeastern Wyoming.
The combination of a massive man-made lake and the vast Wyoming landscape also presents a number of recreational opportunities here at Glendo State Park. Glendo Reservoir is famous for its excellent walleye fishing opportunities. In fact, a number of prize-winning catches are from this lake, including the state record quillback sucker and white crappie. And you can fish all year long here for crappie, catfish, bass, perch, and many other types of aquatic critters.
Besides water sports, Glendo State Park contains over 45 miles of hiking, biking, and horseback riding trails so RV visitors can feel close to nature. And if you like to climb, Laramie Peak, the highest point in Wyoming, towers over the park. 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 is 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 will go through or past Glenrock, Douglas, and a few other spots. Coming north from Cheyenne, there is 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 is 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
Along the southwestern edge of the reservoir, the Sagebrush Campground boasts 20 spacious and private campsites that can and should be reserved months in advance. All of these sites are located on the water’s edge and have two restrooms as well as several potable water spigots nearby. There is also a large covered pavilion for picnics or BBQing, if you have a crowd larger than you want to have at your campsite. Pets are welcome as long as they are properly restrained and attended at all times during your visit.
This campground features approximately 20 pet-friendly electrical hookup sites, only 10 of which are reservable. These lovely campsites with tables, campfire grills, and large parking pads are nestled alongside a small bay with a boat ramp. Reno Cove is quite picturesque but also quite rugged. There is a little shade, but not much, and most of the sites are unlevel. There is an RV dump station nearby where you can dump gray water and several potable water hydrants around the area.
This unique RV campsite features over 170 reservable sites and a day use area for waterskiing and other activities. There are 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 some of the others, but you will have lots of privacy here and they are pet friendly. In addition, each site has its own fire ring, picnic table, and enough space to spread out and relax around the campfire.
The Cadillac of Glendo State Park RV campgrounds has 200 reservable, pet-friendly level, shaded, and wind-sheltered electric hookup RV sites near the North Platte River Dam. Each campsite has its own picnic table, campfire ring with a grill for cooking, and a nice large cleared space for sitting around the fire. The sites are arrayed along a bluff among pine trees with plenty of shade and privacy. Two Moon offers easy access to the park headquarters and also most of the major hiking trails. Additionally, there are paved roads that link the campsites.
Douglas, WY is the place to be if you are 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 will 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.
Waters Point and Red Hills
These two pet-friendly primitive campsites have 45 RV parking spots. Both campgrounds offer lake access, a beach, a fire ring, table, and a small boat-tying bay. These spots have no hookups and many of them are not level. These are first-come, first-served so if you want one of these you have to get here early. These campgrounds are also open, unshaded, and windy. All Glendo State Park RV campsites here 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.
Colter Bay, Custer Cove, and Soldier Rock
The 40 RV sites in these three camps are first-come, first-served, 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. However, the Glendo Reservoir shoreline is a bit muddy and rocky here. Furthermore, there are no electrical or other hookups in any of these camps. All three of these allow pets, but they have to be properly restrained and attended during your visit.
If you want to get away from it all in your RV, you cannot do much better than Elk Horn. It is on the opposite end of the lake from the more-developed park areas. So, there is 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, rather small, and they are all first-come, first-served. You can bring your dog, but they must be properly restrained and attended at all times.
One of the nicer and more scenic campsites at Glendo State Park, the 30 reservable sites at Whiskey Gulch are pet-friendly, overlook both the vastness of Glendo Reservoir and the compactness of Whiskey Gulch, and these sites are very popular. You cannot forget the Rocky Mountains, which tower overhead just to the west of the park. There are no hookups, but this campground is within walking distance of park headquarters, many are on the shoreline of the lake, and pretty much all the sites are shaded and level.
Seasonal activities in Glendo State Park
Whether you have a large pontoon or party boat or a small kayak, all boats are welcome at Glendo State Park so make sure you hook up the boat trailer to the rig. The reservoir has over 22,000 acres to enjoy with dozens of hidden coves and islands you can explore. Find a deserted spot and spend the day with your family and friends on your own private beach or you can enjoy any number of watersports from waterskiing to wakeboarding.
The vast Glendo Reservoir includes bass, catfish, and most other types of freshwater fish, but it is 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.
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. However, the main beach for swimming has a concession area that has snacks, beverages, ice, tackle, and marina services like boat rentals.
Hiking and Biking
Almost all of the hiking and biking trails start or end at the dam overlook area, Two Moon, Wetlands Dam, or Sandy Beach. There is parking at each trailhead, so it is 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 is an unpaved sidewalk that offers 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, which is a two-mile easy/intermediate trail, the seven-mile Narrows Bluff, or Wetlands Trail, which is an easy two-mile walk in the woods.
Gather your friends and family in the RV and head for Glendo State Park for a picnic or BBQ. During the off-season is the best time to enjoy this type of activity because it is less crowded and not as hot. There is a lare reservable group picnic pavilion in the middle of the Two Moon Campground by campsite 43 and it is right by two nice playgrounds. There is another at the end of the Two Moon Campground by campsite 21. There are also picnic areas for smaller groups around the park in many different areas.
The 3D archery range is a new park feature which opened in August 2018. It is 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, including one with six targets and one with twenty targets. Kids are welcome, as long as they are with adults. Both courses are usually open all year long but be sure and check with park rangers for more information.
Glendo State Park includes hunting areas north of Indian Point and west of Waters Point so do not forget to pack your hunting gear in the RV. Most hunting seasons run from September through December but check with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department for more information. Larger game includes deer, elk, moose, and antelope, to name a few. There are also a large number of bird and small-game hunting opportunities at Glendo State Park. The annual Pheasant Management Hunt is very popular here as well.
If you are looking for a harsh Wyoming winter like you see in the cowboy movies, do not come to Glendo State Park because you will not find them here. The winters here are relatively mild, probably because the mountains to the west block much of the severe winter weather. Most of the aforementioned outdoor activities are available all year long, although swimming could get awfully cold in the spring and autumn. A few of the winter activities include wildlife viewing, horseback riding, and fat biking.