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:
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- 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.
The Wyoming Department of Health provides COVID-19 case, variant, death, testing, hospital and vaccine data online. The department also shares information about how the data can be interpreted. COVID-19 safety recommendations are available from the CDC.