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Alcova, Pathfinder, Casper Mountain and other Natrona County campgrounds closed due to COVID-19

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:

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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 Latest Statistics from the Wyoming Department of Health:

What to do if you are feeling sick: In the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak, the Casper-Natrona County Health Department says that people who are feeling sick or exhibiting symptoms should contact their primary physician.

If you do not have a primary care provider, and live in Natrona County, please contact the COVID-19 hotline, operated by the Casper-Natrona County Department of Health. The line is open Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm 577-9892. Hotline services are intended for Natrona County residents and may not be able to provide specific information to persons calling from out of county.

Officials ask that you please do not self-report to the Emergency Room. Persons experiencing problems breathing should call 9-11.

For general inquiries and non-symptom related questions about COVID-19, please contact the Casper-Natrona County Health Department via email:

  • Practice Social Distancing by putting distance between yourself and other people. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Stay home if you’re sick
  • Cover coughs and sneezes. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
  • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.

A list of area closures attributed to COVID-19 are available here.