With more than 4,000 lakes and reservoirs, Wyoming is one of the best states for a classic lakes getaway in outdoorsy surrounds. Whether you’d love to go stand-up paddle boarding on flat waters, fishing, kayaking, boating, or just bird- and wildlife-watch with binoculars from shore, you’ll find plenty of lakes in Wyoming to choose from.
Water levels can vary, so be sure to check before making plans, as high (or low) levels can impact everything from boat ramp access to water clarity. And be sure to take appropriate precautions near the water: be prepared for weather and conditions, always wear a life jacket or PFD as required by Wyoming law, follow recommended water safety practices, and check with land managers at each location to learn important safety information when you arrive. Different counties and lakes in Wyoming have different rules about bear and wildlife safety, and may have advisories about harmful algae blooms.