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part ofBighorn National Forest, US Forest Service
Status: Closed through Wed Jun 10 2015   Season Dates


Island Park Campground is located in pine and spruce forest on West Tensleep Creek near West Tensleep Lake and the Cloud Peak Wilderness. Located 21 miles northeast of Ten Sleep, Wyoming, and 55 east of Worland, Wyoming, on US Hwy 16 this campground is nestled in the Bighorn National Forest offering a wide variety of activities including, hiking, fishing, scenic driving and a number of historic sites. 

Natural Features:

West Tensleep Creek is adjacent to the campground and West Tensleep Lake is four miles away, along with other lakes and creeks. Hiking trails into the Cloud Peak Wilderness start about five miles from the campground. A forest of lodgepole pine, Douglas fir and spruce trees covers the area.


Meadowlark Lake is seven miles distant and allows motorized craft with a no-wake rule. West Tensleep Lake is a scenic, 125-acre lake open to non-motorized craft only, making it a perfect location for canoeing and fishing. Anglers will find rainbow, brown and brook trout in the cool waters of the lake. Off-road vehicle trails, scenic jeep roads, hiking and horseback riding trails and many fishing streams are available in the surrounding area.


The campground offers single-family sites each equipped with a picnic table and campfire ring with grill. Vault toilets, drinking water from a hand pump and trash collection are provided. The nearest dump station is 17 miles away on Powder River Pass.

Nearby Attractions:

The High Park Lookout is located just east of Meadowlark Lake. This old fire lookout was built by the CCC decades ago and is no longer active. A short hike leads to the lookout, where hikers are awarded panoramic views of the Cloud Peak Wilderness and the surrounding area. Deer Haven Lodge and Meadowlark Lodge are nearby, offering dining, lodging, guided horseback riding and fishing and camping supplies.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Vault Toilets
  • Birding
  • Campfire Rings
  • Creek Access
  • Drinking Water (Hand Pump)
  • Firewood Vendor
  • Fishing
  • Grills
  • Host
  • Pets Allowed
  • RV sites
  • Shade
  • Star Gazing
  • Tables
  • Tent sites
  • Trash Collection
  • Wildlife Viewing
Within 10 Miles
  • Backpacking
  • Biking
  • Canoeing
  • Climbing
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Lake Access
  • Lodging
  • Lookout Tower
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Non-Motorized Boating
  • Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation
  • Off-Road Vehicle Trails
  • Restaurant
  • Rock Climbing
  • Scenic Drive
  • Scenic Overlooks
  • Trailhead Parking
  • Trailheads
  • Wood Cutting
Know Before You Go
  • The administering organization reserves the right to substitute sites without prior notice
  • This campground has one first-come, first-serve site
  • Limited space allows for no more than two (8’ x 10') tents per site
  • Groups larger than 20 people must camp elsewhere: Willow Park, Hettinger, Ranger Creek Recreation Area or Pine Island offer group camping
  • Two non-towed vehicles allowed per site. The first vehicle is included in the basic fee; the second vehicle will be charged an extra $9.00 fee at the campground
  • Firewood may be purchased from the host
  • Click here for more information on the Bighorn National Forest
    • 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):
    44.20528, -107.23722
    44°12'19"N, 107°14'14"W

    Drive 21 miles northeast of Ten Sleep, Wyoming, on US Highway 16; then go 3 miles north on FSR 27. From Buffalo, Wyoming, travel west 42 miles on US Hwy 16 to FSR 27 (at Deer Haven Lodge), turn right onto FSR 27 and go 3 miles north to campground.

    The administering organization is Gallatin Canyon Campgrounds at 1380 Wolverine Lane, Bozeman, MT 59718
    E-mail: gccampgrounds13@gmail.com

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    Information:  (406)587-9054
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