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Guernsey State Park, Wyoming

Guernsey Reservoir
The lower part the reservoir forms a spectacular canyon

Guernsey Reservoir
Long Canyon seen from the "castle"

  • location: east central Wyoming, just north of Guernsey
  • size: 2,239 acres
  • elevation: 4,420 feet
  • controling agency:
    Division of State Parks & Historic Sites
    Wyoming Department of Commerce
    [more info]
  • entrance fee: yes
  • directions: Guernsey State Park is located east off I-25, 15 miles on Highway 26, then north on Highway 317, 1.5 miles to the entrance

  • maps: interactive | Guernsey State Park
  • current reservoir data: Guernsey Reservoir

A very scenic and interesting area in east central Wyoming. Many historical sites. The reservoir seems to be somewhat overcrowded by motor boats, especially personal watecrafts, in summer, but in early May I met only one boat there.

Originally, the reservoir completed in 1927 stored 74,000 acre feet of water, but half of that capacity has been lost due to silt deposits. To reduce this problem, every year on the Monday after the July 4th weekend Guernsey Reservoir is drained. By around August 1, the reservoir should have returned to its earlier content of 36,000 acre feet of water.

Guernsey: Sandy Beach
A middle wide part of the reservoir: Sandy Beach
Guernsey: upper part
The upper part is getting narrow again and converts into a sandy North Platte River.
North Platte River at Wendover landing above the Guernsey Reservoir. It can be reached by a good dirt road from Guernsey. It is also easy paddling from the reservoir except the last half mile with a strong current.
Wendover canyon
Wendover Canyon between Glendo and Guernsey Reservoirs. There are quite high standing waves when water level is high. In early May 2000, I paddled upstream from the Wendover landing and managed to reach the second rapid.
Oregon Trail Ruts
Oregon Trail Ruts Historical Site
just south of Guernsey
Fort Laramie Fort Laramie National Historical Site

The historic fort is located 3 miles south from Fort Laramie town (13 miles east from Guernsey).

Laramie River
Laramie River at Fort Laramie
North Platte River

North Platte River at Fort Laramie
(the old iron bridge was built in 1875)

Guernsey Reservoir

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