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Buffalo Bill State Park, Cody

Categories: State Parks, Nature & Parks
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4.1/5 based on 90 reviews on the web
Buffalo Bill State Park is state-operated, public recreation area surrounding the reservoir formed by the Buffalo Bill Dam, an impoundment of the Shoshone River, in Park County, Wyoming. The state park, reservoir and dam were named after William "Buffalo Bill" Cody, who founded the nearby town of Cody and who owned much of the land now occupied by the reservoir and park. The park's recreational opportunities include camping, hiking, boating, fishing and picnicking.HistoryBuffalo Bill Cody was one of the most colorful figures of the American Old West, mostly known for the shows he organized with cowboy themes. He once owned some of the land that is now part of the state park bearing his name. He sold his property to the United States government prior to the construction of Buffalo Bill Dam. Cody settled in the Shoshone Canyon area in the 1870s. He first came to the region as a guide for a survey expedition. Cody spent parts the next twenty years in the area serving as a hunting guide. Buffalo Bill worked to bring irrigation and agriculture development in Park County. He founded the nearby city of Cody in 1896.Construction on Buffalo Bill Dam, originally known as Shoshone Dam, began in 1905. Upon completion, in 1910, the dam was the highest in the world standing at. The dam is a concrete concrete arch structure of constant radius. It was part of the Shoshone Project, one of the first projects overseen by the Bureau of Reclamation.
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  • The RV site is right on the water. Amazing to wake up in the morning to an amazing view. RV Sites had water, and electric hookup. Dump station on the way out. Didn't explore the park much becasue we w...  read more »
  • There are many wonderfully senic camp spots overlooking the Buffalo Bill Reservoir on the north side of the lake, and at its western end. All are car accessible, and it is very well suited for RVs. Al...  read more »
  • My husband and I drove through on our way in and out of Yellowstone from Cody. If we could to it again we would definitely stop and check out the park. There are many spots to explore and many picnic ...  read more »
  • Excellent state park with much to do. The only issue is all the bathrooms are Porta Johns.
  • What an unexpected stop. Totally worth the detour before the tunnel. Watch the video, learn how the dam was made. Walk the dam. Good break on long drives.
  • Beautiful park. We happened on it when we were traveling from Cody to Yellowstone. If you're near, stop and see the dam.
  • Gorgeous place!! Must see! !
  • Beutiful place
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