Play on Casper’s Rivers, Lakes and Reservoirs 

Water Activities

Casper may be situated in Wyoming’s high plains, but there’s no lack of water in this part of the state. At the heart of it all is the North Platte River. Meandering 718 miles from its headwaters in Colorado to its confluence with the South Platte River in western Nebraska, the North Platte flows through Casper and Natrona County and provides abundant opportunities for fishing, boating and more. For a map highlighting river access points, click here.

And while the North Platte is one of the area’s main attractions, there’s more to our water activities that just the river. Meet Casper’s lakes and reservoirs:

Pathfinder Reservoir: Sitting on the North Platte River are Pathfinder Reservoir and Pathfinder Dam. Built between 1905 and 1909, Pathfinder Dam is on the National Register of Historic Places and includes a small interpretive center. Today, the reservoir is home to a marina, five campgrounds, trails and portions of the Pathfinder National Wildlife Refuge. It’s also a prime location to fish for walleye, rainbow trout, brown trout and cutthroat trout. 

Alcova Reservoir: Encompassing close to 2,500 acres, Alcova Lake is one of the area’s premier lake destinations. Home to six campgrounds, beaches and a full-service restaurant, Alcova is a prime location for on-the-water fun. It’s also a great place to cast a fishing line, as its waters are home to brown trout, cutthroat trout, rainbow trout, kokanee salmon and walleye. 

Waterways matrix

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