Teton Reservoir Recreation Site sits within the rolling sage grasslands of the Great Divide Basin, a watery oasis that’s perfect for various kinds of recreational pursuits and outdoor activities. This Bureau of Land Management property that is located about 13 miles south of Rawlins, Wyoming, is perfect for memorable getaways and adventurous pursuits. The best time to visit is between June and November when the access road is dry and easy to negotiate.
Amazing fun opportunities are on offer here, ranging from biking to fishing, hiking, swimming, and photography. Trout is the most commonly caught fish in the reservoir by anglers who fish from the bank of the water. The surrounding mountains and hills provide good mountaineering and climbing experiences too, for those that feel up to it. Guests that wish to take their adventure up a notch often visit Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest for more recreational activities such as boating, OHV riding, picnicking, and a host of winter sports.
There is a free campground within this recreation site that offers a number of amenities such as vault toilets, picnic tables, fire grills/rings, and space for parking.
Teton Reservoir Recreation Site is located about 13 miles south of Rawlins in Wyoming. If you intend to drive to this Bureau of Land Management property from Rawlins, all you need to do is drive south on Wyoming Highway 71 for about 13 miles and make a left turn on to BLM Road 3418. Less than a mile along this BLM road, you’ll arrive at the recreation site on the right.
The highway that leads to the park’s area is paved and maintained so guests don’t usually have challenges getting to the junction of the BLM Road. However, the 0.75 mile journey from the highway to the park along the access road can be quite challenging, especially if you visit between November and June. This is because heavy rain and snowmelt make the road muddy and impassable. As a result, the typical use season is between June and November.
There are parking spaces provided for vehicles and cars in this BLM recreation site.
Rawlins KOA Campground is a developed camping area in Rawlins that offers modern amenities for guests who are passing through the area, or enjoying vacations in the region. Located north of Teton Reservoir recreation site, guests can easily drive to the campground to enjoy the services and facilities on offer.
There are 75 campsites in the campground, available for tent and RV camping opportunities. You’ll find full hookups (electric, water, and sewer) and partial (electric and water) hookups for RVs and trailers in the campsites here. Other amenities available include Wi-Fi, firewood (by purchase), laundry facilities, and a horse pen here.
Vehicles as long as 70 feet can be accommodated here, and you can make reservations for the campsites in this campground.
The campground is open between April and October.
Teton Reservoir Campground is a free campsite within this BLM Recreation Site that offers five campsites for guests who wish to spend the night after having fun in the area. You will find amenities such as vault toilets, picnic tables, fire rings and grills and space to park your vehicles here.
The parking spurs cannot accommodate pull-through vehicles, but you’ll be able to find space if your equipment is not more than 25 feet long.
The campground is open all year to all campers, but accessibility may be difficult between November and June.
Horseback riding is popular among guests that make the trip to Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests from Teton Reservoir. This is because there are many trails provided for equestrians to use, with the added opportunity to enjoy picturesque views and explore the park’s remote areas.
Some of these trails are multi-use, so you may have to share with other trail users like hikers and bikers. It is therefore important to look out for others while enjoying the ride.
Guests can come along with their bikes to Teton Reservoir Recreation Site because cycling is a popular sport in the park. The BLM road and some other paths around the park are good cycling routes, so feel free to ride as far as you can. You will be required to pay attention to other road users while you are cycling so that you remain safe while enjoying the sport.
If your interest is riding up the mountains here, that’s also allowed. Moreover, miles of trails and roads are available for mountain biking in the nearby National Forest.
Mirror Lake is a well-loved destination for picnickers and anglers along the Snowy Range Highway. Located at the bottom of Medicine Bow Peak, this site is perfect for guests who want to hike, fish, and share meals with family and friends.
Anglers can catch cutthroat trout, brook trout, rainbow trout and Splake in the lake. If you’re looking to hike around here, you can enjoy a short and easy trail to the West Lake Marie Trailhead, as well as other trails like Lake Marie Falls, Miners Cabin, Medicine Bow Peak.
Hiking and backpacking are good ways to get to know this BLM area and the surrounding landscapes and natural wonders. There are some remote sections in the area that only hikers get to see because of the nature of the trails that lead to those places. So, hikers get to brag about such sights and keep mementos of them. Besides, the wilderness areas in Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest that cannot be explored by motorized vehicles are open to hikers to venture through.
So, ensure you come along with your best hiking boots.
The reservoir in this BLM property is very good for trout fishing, and so are the streams that surround the recreation site. As a result, angling enthusiasts have the opportunity to pursue their interests without much ado when on vacation here.
Adventurous anglers can pursue more fish species in the streams and mountain lakes in Medicine Bow-Routt National forest, where even more species of trout are available. In winter, ice fishing is also common among guests too.
A state fishing license is required.
If you’re here with the aim of getting to the summit of some of the peaks that surround Teton Reservoir, you are in luck, because there’s nothing in your way. The unique location of this reservoir, in an area that features mountains and hills, makes climbers visit the site often.
It’s up to you to choose where you want to go and which mountain you want to climb, be it Chokeberry Knob, Miller Hill, Atlantic Rim West, or some other interesting peak. Ensure you have the appropriate gear and carry enough water. GPS units and maps will be handy too.