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part ofShoshone National Forest, US Forest Service
Status: Open through Mon Sep 07 2015   Season Dates


Clearwater Campground is located along the Buffalo Bill Scenic Byway, about 32 miles west of Cody, in northwestern Wyoming. It is 20 miles east of the east entrance to Yellowstone National Park. The surrounding area offers many outdoor recreational opportunities, including fishing, hiking and viewing local wildlife.

Natural Features:

The campground is situated on the banks of the North Fork of the Shoshone River and has beautiful views of the surrounding mountains. Douglas fir and large juniper trees cover the campground, which sits at an elevation of 6,000 feet.

A wide variety of wildlife lives in the area. Visitors often glimpse grizzly bears, deer, elk, bison, moose, fox, coyotes and bald eagles.


Great opportunities for hiking, fishing, scenic driving and wildlife viewing are available around the campground. The North Fork of the Shoshone River is a popular fly-fishing location for rainbow and Yellowstone cutthroat trout.


The campground offers one group camping area, which consists of sites 9, 10 and 11. Additionally, 11 single-family campsites are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Each campsite is equipped with a picnic table, campfire ring and food storage locker.

A group day-use area provides private parking, three large picnic tables, two food storage lockers and campfire circle. Vault toilets and trash collection are provided, but drinking water is not available. Campers may gather firewood from the area.

Nearby Attractions:

Pahaska Tepee, west of the campground, is home to Buffalo Bill's original hunting lodge, built in 1904. Tours are offered daily between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Pahaska also offers guided horseback rides, a gift shop, restaurant and lodging.

Yellowstone National Park's east entrance is 25 miles from the campground via the Buffalo Bill Cody Scenic Byway. The park offers unparalleled wildlife viewing opportunities, as well as breathtaking scenery and unique geological features.

The small, historic city of Cody offers a variety of dining, lodging and shopping options. The Buffalo Bill Historical Center offers extensive displays of Greater Yellowstone natural history, Plains Indians artifacts, western art, firearms, Buffalo Bill memorabilia and a wild sheep exhibit.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Campfire Rings
  • Firewood
  • Fishing
  • Food Storage Locker
  • Geological Attractions
  • Group Camping
  • Hiking
  • Host
  • Parking Area
  • Picnic Area
  • River Access
  • Self Pay Station
  • Star Gazing
  • Tent sites
  • Trash Collection
  • Vault Toilets
  • Wildlife Viewing
Within 10 Miles
  • Auto Touring
  • Horseback Riding Trails
  • Scenic Drive
Know Before You Go
  • Be sure to bring plenty of drinking water and to empty black water tanks prior to arrival; there is no water or dump station available at the campground, the nearest water is at Wapiti Campground
  • Utility hookups are not available
  • Pack and saddle stock animals are not permitted within the campground
  • Recreational use of off-road vehicles is prohibited within developed campgrounds; to operate on Forest Service roads, all off-road vehicles must have proper state registration or a Wyoming ORV sticker on display
  • Click here for more information on the Shoshone National Forest

Caution! The Shoshone National Forest is home to one of the most abundant grizzly bear populations in the lower 48 states. All food, beverages and odorous attractants must be stored inside a hard-sided vehicle or in the provided food storage lockers, and made unavailable to bears. Garbage must be properly disposed in bear-proof trash containers. The food storage ordinance is strictly enforced. Campground hosts can provide more information regarding bear safety and campground regulations.
  • Don't Move Firewood: Prevent the spread of tree-killing organisms by obtaining firewood at or near your destination and burning it on-site. For more information visit dontmovefirewood.org.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
44.46222, -109.66833
44°27'44"N, 109°40'6"W

From Cody, Wyo., follow Sheridan Avenue west through Cody until the road leaves town, and becomes the Buffalo Bill Cody Scenic Byway (U.S. Highway 14/16/20). The campground is 32 miles west of Cody, on the south side of the highway and next to the river.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

2013 N. Fork highway
Cody  WY  82414

Phone Number:

Information:  (307)527-6921
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