Backpacking to Island Lake in the Wind River Mountain Range - Visit Pinedale, WY -


In Pinedale, WY

Camping fans will be excited to find dispersed camping, campgrounds and RV parks in the beautiful public land that surrounds Pinedale, including Bridger-Teton National Forest.

Endless Camping Opportunities

The Wind River Range has endless opportunities for backcountry camping — each more beautiful and peaceful than the last. You’ll want to bring your friends and family to experience the sheer quantity (and quality) of scenic, unbeatable camping across Sublette County.

Most of the 2.5 million acres of public land offer developed campgrounds as well as dispersed camping for your use. If you’re traveling by RV, look for the numerous parks with amenities for camper trailers built for your comfort.

Some Forest campgrounds can be reserved in advance. Keep in mind that USFS campground amenities vary. Some have drinking water, trash dumpsters, and bear-proof storage areas. Some don’t. Be prepared!

Keep campfires to designated fire rings, and put out fires before departing a site. Remember to be a good steward of the land by following the 7 Principles of Leave No Trace ethics and respect the area wildlife by protecting your food and your camp from the animals. You don’t want uninvited guests.

Popular Destinations

Fremont Lake Sunset - Visit Pinedale, WY

Fremont Lake

You can camp with epic views at 7,400 feet above the second largest natural lake in Wyoming just seven miles away from Pinedale at the USFS Fremont Lake Campground.

With 54 sites and plenty of shade trees, this campground offers a comfortable camp with a bit of privacy. Each site has a picnic table, fire ring with grill and access to vault toilets and drinking water. 

Enjoy water sports and fishing with a boat ramp and dock available for lake access near the Lakeside Lodge Resort and Marina. Plan ahead, campsites book out regularly as reservations are recommended and required at least four days in advance. Bear safe food storage is required for good reason.

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Half Moon Lake - Visit Pinedale, WY

Half Moon Lake

If you and your camping pals like to rough it,” Half Moon Lake Campground is the site for you. With cozy campsites tucked away in the Aspen trees and willow stands, this campground is smaller than Fremont Lake. Each site has a picnic table and a fire ring and two vault toilets are shared with other campers.

When you walk to the viewpoint during the day, you’ll see a glorious view of Half Moon Lake littered with the foothills of the Wind River Mountains.

While boating, swimming, paddle boarding and fishing are available, drinking water isn’t. Bear proof food storage is required. You can reserve 11 of the 17 total campsites and the Half Moon Lake Trailhead is two miles down the road.

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Summer Paddling Green River Lakes - Visit Pinedale, WY

Green River Lakes

Picture yourself overlooking the glassy Lower Green River Lake from 8,000 foot elevation from this campground in the northern Wind River Range.

Hikers rejoice! A scenic access point for the Bridger Wilderness, the Green River Lakes Campground sits next to a trailhead and is near the shoreline for daytime strolling. This valley is a gateway to the Wind River Range with Squaretop Mountain standing bravely against the horizon, which you can access by the Highline Trail which runs throughout the range.

Wildlife is plentiful, so pack your food up and store it carefully. Grizzly bears can be seen throughout the valley.

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Other Locations

Soda Lake - Pinedale, WY

Soda Lake Wildlife Habitat Management Area

Soda Lake's free dispersed camping is a great option if you want to "get away from it all" while sticking to a budget. From May 1 to November 15th, stay for up to 14 days with access to vault toilets, boat ramps, and mountain views.

Just six miles north of Pinedale, this picturesque location is an angler's and kayaker's dream (motorized watercraft aren't allowed). Take in the views and watch for bears. Be sure to secure your food.

Willow Lake Pinedale WY

Willow Lake

This area is known for colorful wildflowers, a deep blue lake, and jagged mountain views. A 14 mile drive north of Pinedale, Willow Lake's gravel road leads you to a few primitive campsites as well as dispersed camping options.

A few sites provide picnic tables and fire rings, but this undeveloped campground is rugged. One boat launch and vault toilet are shared. Popular for boating and fishing with great views. Proper food storage is required.

Boulder Lake Trailhead - Wind River Mountains

Boulder Lake

A 25 mile drive southeast of Pinedale on the east end of Boulder Lake sits the awe-inspiring Boulder Lake Campground.

The 15 campsites each have a picnic table, fire ring and lantern holder. Your adventurous spirit will love the access to backpacking and hiking from the Boulder Lake trailhead, as well as fishing, swimming and boating from Boulder Lake and Boulder Creek. No drinking water is available and bear proof food storage is required.

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Cirque of the Towers Sunset over Pingora and Wolf's Head - Pinedale, WY

Before You Go

Camping Advice

  • Reservations must be made at least 10 days in advance
  • Reservations are affordable, only $5-$15 per night
  • All area camping requires animal-proof food storage
  • Familiarize yourself with the Seven Principles of Leave No Trace ethics
  • Pets are allowed, but be respectful and clean up after them
  • Check or call the Pinedale Ranger District at 307-367-4326 for more details