Escape for a Weekend to Keyhole State Park
Between Sundance and Moorcroft at the western rim of the coveted Black Hills sits Keyhole State Park, a family-friendly destination boasting numerous amenity options and activities. Weather permitting, tourists and locals are invited to enjoy the grounds year-round, with vacationers enjoying all the area has to offer from May through September, when pleasant weather abounds and restrooms and drinking water systems are fully operational.
The park resides at the southeast side of the 14,000-acre Keyhole Reservoir, making water activities like swimming, boating, sunbathing on the beach and fishing a natural fit. Throughout the park, you’ll find hiking trails, playgrounds, wildlife and picture-perfect picnic areas. Planning an outdoor recreation weekend is one of the best ways to experience Wyoming, and Keyhole State Park is an ideal option for seasoned campers or travelers looking to experience starry, starry nights like they’ve never seen before.
Keyhole State Park is open year-around and offers nine campgrounds that overlook the lake. There are more than 170 sites with tables and grills. Most of the sites will handle large RVs and trailers. Tent or RV camping is possible at all sites. Some of the sites are in the trees and some are out in the open. Fees vary and specific details can be found at the state parks website
There is a private marina and motel located on the headquarters side of the lake and operated by a concessionaire. The concessionaire has pop, alcohol, groceries, bait, tackle, fishing licenses and 10 campsites with electric hookups that can be reserved. Please call the Marina directly at (307) 756-9529 for further details and availability.
If your idea of camping includes air conditioning, Wyoming State Parks currently offers four 13 x 13 camping cabins at Keyhole. Fees, security deposit, suggestions on what to bring, policies, cancellations, refunds and additional details about cabin rentals and reservations can be found here. Based on availability, reservations are accepted up to 90 days in advance and a minimum of two days prior to the scheduled arrival date.
Make Your Memories
Enjoy fishing in calm, clear waters from the shore or your boat where you can spend the day catching walleye, channel catfish, small mouth bass and northern pike. This well-stocked fishing hole gives fishermen of all ages and abilities a fair shot at creating a whopper of a tale.
With more than 200 species of migratory and domestic birds observable at Keyhole State Park and within a mile of its perimeter, first-class bird watching provides the backdrop for your park days. The summer season hosts a variety of species, including common yellowthroat, white pelican, osprey and more. In addition, you may see mule deer, antelope, red foxes and wild turkeys sharing your trails!
Whether you want to enjoy some much needed R & R on the beach with a good book, rent a boat and enjoy an afternoon on the water, splash around and swim or hike and bike around the reservoir, there is no denying that the lake is central to your weekend getaway.
Around the Area
Campbell County Rockpile Museum
Visitors to the museum enjoy collections of rifles, saddles, Native American artifacts, fossils, quilts and other memorabilia. Along with a popular “dress-up” area for kids, there are many hands-on activities for children to engage in while touring the museum. Free admission! Donations appreciated.
Devils Tower National Monument
America’s first national monument hosts a full schedule of activities between mid-June and late August. Junior ranger programs, ranger tower walks and evening entertainment at the amphitheater make the easy 20-minute drive to the tower well worth your time and travel.
Vore Buffalo Jump
The Vore Buffalo Jump is immediately adjacent to Interstate Highway 90 in northeastern Wyoming. The Vore site is a natural sinkhole that was used as a bison trap from about 1500 to 1800 A.D when buffalo were driven over the edge of the sink hole as a method for the Native American tribes to capture the large quantities of meat and hides needed to survive the harsh prairie winters. The site is open from June 1 through Labor Day. Entrance fee is $5 with a $10 maximum per family.
A Few More Tips
The Wyoming office of State Parks, Historic Sites and Trails provides valuable resources for planning your park visit and can help ensure you enjoy Wyoming’s great outdoors. Click here or contact (307) 777-6323 for up to date information.
On the 4th of July, the nearby town of Pine Haven puts on a complimentary fireworks display that lights up the night and can be enjoyed from the comfort of your campsite or boat deck. Fireworks are not permitted in the park, but with a show like this, you can just sit back and enjoy!
Conveniently located off of I-90 at exit 165, or accessible by taking exits 153 or 154 in Moorcroft to Hwy 14 north for six miles until you reach Hwy 113, Keyhole State Park welcomes travelers with well marked signs and a headquarters building.