Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Mt. Rushmore Trip - Part 2 - Wyoming

Black Beach Campground, Alcova Reservoir, Wyoming

Our site at Black Beach Campground

A boat launches and Canadian Geese at Black Beach Campground
After Jordonelle Reservoir State Park, we were headed to South Dakota.  I (Greg) planned a stop in Wyoming for the night.  I had scoped out the Alcova Reservoir that had a few campgrounds on it's shores. It's in central Wyoming near Casper.

We arrived at the reservoir in the evening and found a really pleasant campground called Black Beach. Black Beach is a Natrona County facility.  There were about 12 sites along the shore. We found a really nice one right away. There were not many campers. There are no hookups or water but there are a couple of vault toilets and a nice camp shelter with a fire pit at each site. We were right across from two boat ramps and we saw about five fishing boats pass by.  It was $10 for each RV at a site.

A 360 degree view of our site at Black Beach.  Click and hold to move around:

Our campsite was on a small cove on the lake.  There is another campground just up the road on the Reservoir called Cottonwood Beach that is probably just as nice. There are two more campgrounds just down the river from the dam and on satellite it looks like there might be a couple boondocking opportunities below the dam.  We will have to check it out sometime.  There is also a new full-hookup RV place behind "The Reef" fly fishing shop in Alcova.

I also spotted a nearby Wyoming visitors center where we could have stayed overnight.  It is called Inspiration Point and there was a big rock hill where pioneers carved their initials and arrival dates.  It has a fascinating history display about the Mormon handcart tragedy where a group of Mormon's, trying to get to Salt Lake using handcarts to carry their supplies, got caught in a snow storm and many died at this site.

Jack enjoying some grass and shade at Black Beach Campground.

My parents, Karen, Jack and I really thought Black Beach was a really nice spot to overnight. It was very quiet and the lake was beautiful. There were lots of interesting waterfowl to watch.  We were there on a weekday and it was little used, but we guessed that on weekends it was not quite as peaceful.

Picnic at the Lusk, Wyoming town park.

After a great nights rest and a tasty camp breakfast, we saddled up and headed out.

For our late lunch break, we stopped in the town of Lusk and had a picnic in the town park.

The next day we read that a huge rain storm had caused the main bridge in Lusk to split in two and all roads in and out of Lusk were flooded for days, cutting Lusk off completely.  We dodged a bullet by one day.

After Lusk, it was on to the Wyoming-South Dakota border then up to Custer State Park.

On our way back home (in a later post) I will describe a great campground we stayed at near Laramie called Vadauwoo Campground.


  1. Hi,

    Really enjoyed reading about your travels, I've been to South Dakota before and it was a great trip.

    Enjoy your 360 view :)

    Northern, CA

  2. I love those 360 views. Our Android Motorola Turbos will take them.


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