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Camping at Mikesell-Potts Recreation Area Near Buffalo, Wyoming

Location: Buffalo, Wyoming
Type: County Park
Access: Lake DeSmet, Approximately 8 miles north of Buffalo, I-90 at Exit 51
Coordinates: 44.451597, -106.743348
Road Conditions: Pavement and gravel
Phone Coverage: Verizon, 2-4 out of 5
Maximum Stay: 14 days
Fee: $10 per night, $15 per night with electric
Amenities: Vault toilets, picnic areas, picnic tables at some sites, beach area on lake, and two boat ramps


Mikesell-Potts Recreation Area is a county-owned park that provides an affordable camping option at the base of the Bighorn Mountains. As a county park, the area is well maintained. The camping areas surround Lake DeSmet, and the site also includes vault toilets, a beach, and two boat ramps.

The $10 per night camping fee covers any of the 60 standard sites, including some that are lakeside. (The fee is $15 at one of the 8 sites with electric.) Reservations are not accepted, and all sites are available on a first come, first served basis.

This is a nice, but no-frills, county park, and quite a bit less expensive than any other option nearby. There is plenty of free, dispersed camping in the national forests, but those sites require a long drive up into the mountains and almost never have phone coverage.


Take Interstate 90 to exit 51 and then head east toward the lake. Take Monument Road to the north, then turn right on Lake Desmet Road just past Lake Stop Resort.The campsites are located on the south side of the lake.

Camping at Keyhole State Park Near Pine Haven, Wyoming

Location: Pine Haven, Wyoming
Type: State Park
Access: Interstate 90, Exit 165
Coordinates: 44.356414, -104.751120
Road Conditions: Pavement and gravel
Phone Coverage: Verizon, 2-4 out of 5
Maximum Stay: N/A
Fee: $10 per night for Wyoming residents, $17 per night for non-residents
Amenities: Beach, boat ramp, fishing, hiking, hunting, playground, restrooms, and dump station.


There are more than 170 campsites spread between nine different campgrounds at Keyhole State Park. Many of the campsites have picnic tables and charcoal grills, and most will accommodate RVs or trailers.

This state park is located at Keyhole Reservoir in northeast Wyoming. The reservoir is popular with residents for fishing, but the park is located between the Black Hills and Bighorn Mountains which makes it popular with travelers as well. Devils Tower National Monument is only about 20 miles from the park.

The park and camping areas are clean and well maintained. Vault toilets and trash containers are available in each campground. The park is open throughout the year, but some services may not be available during the winter months.

A private marina at the park sells gasoline, fishing gear, groceries, and propane. Shower rentals are also available at the marina.

Overnight camping fees are currently $10 for Wyoming residents or $17 for non-residents. An annual camping pass is also available for state residents.


Take Interstate 90 to Exit 165, then head north on Pine Ridge Road. Continue to the right when Pine Ridge Road intersects with Highway 180. It is approximately five miles from Exit 165 to Keyhole State Park along paved roads.

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