Natrona County Parks Maintenance Building Sign near Alcova Reservoir (File Photo; Trevor T. Trujillo, Oil City News)

CASPER, Wyo. — Natrona County Parks, Recreation and Leisure Services announced on Wednesday, April 1 that campground areas across the county are closed due to COVID-19 coronavirus until further notice.

“In an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, all Natrona County campground areas, group sites/shelters, shower houses, some non-essential restrooms and playgrounds are closed until further notice,” the department says.

These campgrounds, including lake campgrounds at Alcova, Pathfinder and Gray Reef will be “immediately affected” by the closure:

  • Black Beach Campground
  • Cottonwood Campground
  • Fremont Canyon Campground
  • Okie Beach Campground
  • Westside Campground
  • Bishops Point Campground
  • Diabase Campground
  • Sage Campground
  • Weiss Campground
  • Wolf Point Campground
  • Gray Reef Camping

“The Casper Mountain camping areas are currently not accessible, so only the Campgrounds above are immediately affected,” the announcement states. “All parks currently remain open for day-use outdoor recreation activities including trailheads, hiking/biking trails, boat ramps fishing access, essential restrooms, and individual picnic areas/tables.”

If visiting parks or trails for day-use activity, people are asked to follow some health safety precautions.

Those include the following, according to NC Parks:

  • Refrain from using parks or trails if they are exhibiting symptoms.
  • Follow the CDC’s guidance on personal hygiene prior to and during use of parks or trails.
  • Prepare for limited access to public restrooms or water fountains.
  • While on trails, warn other users of their presence as they pass and step aside to let others pass.
  • Follow CDC guidance on the recommended size of social gatherings including outdoor picnicking, pick-up sports and other group hangouts, and maintain proper physical distance at all times.
  • Observe CDC’s minimum recommended physical distancing of 6 feet from other individuals at all times.  If this is not possible, users should find an alternate location or depart that space.