Saturday, June 23, 2012

Keyhole State Park, Wyoming

My how time flies when we are having so much fun.  I last posted on Tuesday from Lander, WY and here it is Saturday already.  Thursday we pulled from Lander to Casper, WY.  I had a job to do in Casper, so we had to go somewhere for the night.  Ended up at Fort Casper Campground, a large gravel parking lot with full hookups at $35.  Casper is a tough place to find a decent campground with any attractive features; like grass or trees or something more beautiful than the side of another fifth wheel or motor home 10 feet from your front door.  This is oil and gas production country and a lot of workers in this industry live in campers parked at places like this campground.  What was amazing to us were the number of beautiful big Class A’s pulling in for the night.  Quite a contrast to the guy we talked to from Washington State that was pulling a little teardrop with a RAV4.  Here are side by side views or our site at Ft. Casper and our site at Keyhole State Park:

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Keyhole State Park is on a large reservoir northeast of Moorcroft, WY and about 20 south of Devils Tower.  We stopped at Wal-Mart in Gillette to stock up for a week out here.  Our GPS, “Barbie”, led us astray and took us into the little town of Pine Haven on the west side of the reservoir.  So I called the nice Ranger Lady at the Park and she says it happens all the time and gave me good directions on how to get where I wanted to go.  There was a substantial line at the Park Entrance, mostly pickups pulling boats heading into the lake for some fishing this weekend.   After a short time, we checked in and got a map to our site.  Got to the site and it was long enough for our 34’ rig, but I had to back in “uphill”.  Called for a little 4WD time.  Once on the pad, I found that it was pretty level; only needed one yellow pad under each wheel on the right side to get it perfect for side to side and front to rear was a snap.  The site is spacious with a concrete picnic table, benches and a steel fire ring.  Plenty of room to set up chairs and under some big ole shade trees to boot.  The sites are staggered in elevation and angle so everyone gets a good view of the water.  Lots of boating, fishing and swimming going on.  There is a nice family from Gillette on our lake side with kids, a boat and lots of water toys.  Seems like everyone has a dog, or dogs, and Annie is on the alert for trouble.  Here are some pictures of the area:

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View from our window.                                                      Rosie morning coffee.

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Jim morning coffee watching the sun rise.                     Nice fence leading to the water.

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Water view.                                                                    Having fun jumping in the lake.

Tomorrow we will be visited by our long time friend, Carol Shreve, from Gillette.  Carol lost her husband to cancer in 2010 and we haven’t been in the area to visit with her since.  We look forward to sharing a day with her.

Thanks for stopping by.


Jim and Judy said...

Looks like a nice place to stay for a few days. I like having a lake close by. What are the SP camping fees? Enjoy the rest of your visit.

Jim and Rosie Sathe said...

Camping fees here are $21 a night including 50 Amp electrical and water hookup at the site.

There are boondocking sites available first come - first served, but I don't know how much that fee is.

We really try to stay under $20 a night in camping costs. We will see what we average after a few more months on the road.