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Guide to fishing for walleye, rainbow trout, brown trout, lake trout, rock bass and yellow perch at Lake DeSmet in Wyoming.

Lake DeSmet, WY

Boating, water skiing and fishing are all popular at Lake DeSmet, a 4,000-acre lake in north central Wyoming, 8 miles north of Buffalo. Anglers can access over 12 miles of shoreline via improved roads on the north, west and south shores of the lake.

Lake DeSmet, nestled in the beautiful Bighorn Mountains of Wyoming, is a hidden gem for fishing enthusiasts seeking a tranquil angling experience. With its clear blue waters and picturesque surroundings, it offers a serene setting for casting a line. Anglers visiting Lake DeSmet can expect to find an abundance of fish species, including rainbow trout, brown trout, lake trout, and kokanee salmon. These thriving populations make the lake a haven for anglers of all skill levels, providing ample opportunities for a successful day on the water.

Lake DeSmet not only offers fantastic fishing but also provides opportunities for boating enthusiasts to enjoy its scenic expanse. Whether you prefer cruising on a motorboat, kayaking, or canoeing, the calm waters of the lake are perfect for various water activities. Boat ramps are available for easy access, allowing boaters to explore the vastness of the lake and take in the breathtaking mountain views that surround it.

For those looking to extend their stay, Lake DeSmet offers camping facilities that immerse visitors in the natural beauty of the area. Campgrounds equipped with amenities like picnic areas, fire pits, and restroom facilities provide a comfortable camping experience. Waking up to the gentle sounds of nature, spending the day fishing or boating, and ending the evening with a campfire under the starry sky create lasting memories of outdoor adventure.

Lake DeSmet, with its exceptional fishing opportunities, inviting boating experiences, and serene camping sites, is a true paradise for nature lovers. Whether you're a passionate angler, a boating enthusiast, or simply seeking a peaceful escape in nature, Lake DeSmet offers a rejuvenating retreat. Its diverse fish species, scenic waters, and surrounding mountain landscapes make it an ideal destination for those seeking a memorable outdoor experience in the heart of Wyoming.

Fishing from the bank is available along much of these access ares. Anglers come year round in pursuit of walleye, trout and perch. In winter, once the ice is safe, ice fishing with up to six lines per angler is allowed here. Two boat ramps, restrooms and parking is available during the season. Come prepared as there is no marina or rental boats.

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Primary fish species residing in Lake DeSmet

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Walleye Rainbow Trout Brown trout Lake trout Rock Bass Yellow Perch

Lake DeSmet Amenities

Marina: NO
Boat Rental: NO
Boat Launch Ramp: YES
Campgrounds: YES
RV Hookups: YES
Lodging: YES
Convenience Store: YES
Bait & Tackle: YES
Restaurant: YES

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Public Boat Launch Ramps & Landings

Island View Drive Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the northwest section of the lake, off Island View Drive, this is a primitive, earthen ramp with a dock and gravel parking.

Mikesell-Potts Recreation Area Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the southwest section of the lake, off JC Lake DeSmet Area Road, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and gravel parking.

Shell Creek Road Boat Launch Ramp
Located mid lake, west side, off Shell Creek Road, this is a one-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and gravel parking.

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Campgrounds & RV Parks Nearby

Mikesell-Potts Recreation Area County Park Campground - 307 684-2262

Buffalo KOA Journey - 307 684-5423

Deer Park Campground - 307 684-5722

Indian Campground - 307 684-9601

Twin Creeks Campgrounds - 307 684-5423

Lake DeSmet WY Map - Fishing & Camping Areas

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Contact Information

Lake DeSmet
Mikesell-Potts Recreation Area County Park
Buffalo, WY 82834
307 684-2262


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