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part ofBridger-Teton National Forest, US Forest Service
Status: Closed through Sun Jun 14 2015   Season Dates


Cottonwood Group Picnic Site is located next to scenic Cottonwood Lake on the Salt River Mountains, surrounded by the forests of western Wyoming.

Natural Features:

The picnic site is located above Cottonwood Lake, near the peaceful North Fork Creek. A forest of pines and aspens offers shade, and vibrant summer wildflowers are abundant.

The Bridger-Teton National Forest offers more than 3.4 million acres of public land for outdoor recreation. With its pristine watersheds, abundant wildlife and immense wildlands, the forest comprises a large part of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, the largest intact ecosystem in the lower 48 United States.


The lake offers great canoeing and boating for smaller craft, as well as fishing for brook and cutthroat trout.

Hiking, mountain biking, off-road vehicle and horseback riding trails are in the area.


This day-use picnic site can accommodate up to 50 guests and 8-10 vehicles. Vault toilets and drinking water are provided.

A group overnight campsite is available for reservations here.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Vault Toilets
  • Birding
  • Drinking Water (Hand Pump)
  • Fire Pit
  • Grills
  • Hiking
  • Horseback Riding Trails
  • Hunting
  • Lake Access
  • Mountain Biking
  • Off-Road Vehicle Trails
  • Parking Area
  • Picnic Area
  • Trailheads
  • Wildlife Viewing
Know Before You Go
  • There is no electricity at this site
  • Trash cans are provided, but visitors must bring garbage bags
  • Out-of-state horses must have proof of a current Coggins test
  • Hay brought in must be certified weed-free
  • Off-road vehicles permitted on designated trails only and not in the campground
  • Off-road vehicles must have a current Wyoming State OHV sticker
  • Day-use only; camping is available at the adjacent Cottonwood Lake Campground
  • The Cottonwood Lake area is accessed via a narrow gravel road
  • District office hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday (excluding weekends and federal holidays), 671 N. Washington, Afton, WY
  • Learn more about Bridger-Teton National Forest
  • Don't Move Firewood: Help prevent the spread of tree-killing pests in our national forests by obtaining firewood near your destination and burning it on-site. For more information visit dontmovefirewood.org.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
42.63833, -110.81639
42°38'18"N, 110°48'59"W

From Afton, Wyoming, take Highway 89 south approximately 7 miles to Smoot and watch for signs for the Cottonwood Lake Campground.

The forest boundary is about a mile up the access road, and the campground is 6 miles beyond that. Continue past the west first loop of the campground, then go right at the 'Y' intersection toward lake. The group picnic area is on the left side of the road.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

671 North Washington
AFTON  WY  83110

Phone Number:

Information:  (307)886-5300
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