Buffalo Bill Reservoir

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Buffalo Bill Reservoir


(307) 587-9227

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Buffalo Bill Dam, of the Shoshone Project, was constructed from 1905-1910 on the Shoshone River about 6 miles upstream from Cody, Wyoming. It is one of the first high concrete dams built in the United States. Colonel William F. "Buffalo Bill" Cody made the area famous in the early days of the West. He and his companions were the first to perceive the possibilities of turning the sagebrush flats of Wyoming's Bighorn Basin into a land of agricultural abundance through irrigation. Fishing is open year-round. Fish species (coldwater) include rainbow trout, brown trout, lake trout (mackinaw), and cutthroat trout. There is good access via shoreline roads and 3 boat ramps. Water surface covers approximately 8,000-acres. Additional blue-ribbon quality fishing is available on Shoshone River above and below reservoir. Available services include developed campsites and RV sites with dump stations, drinking water, tables, restrooms, wind screens, primitive campsites, and a new visitor center. Other activities include watchable wildlife, big game, and waterfowl hunting in season. Hiking and horseback riding as well as windsurfing are options.

Map of Buffalo Bill Reservoir

Latitude, Longitude: 44.472876, -109.239622



  • Boating

    There are three boat ramps near the reservoir.

  • Camping

    There are developed campsites.

  • Fishing

    Fishing is open year-round. Please attain appropriate fishing license.

  • Hiking

    There are trails near the reservoir.

  • Historic Sites

    Come see the visitor center for views from the top of the dam, watch films about the history of the dam, and get facts about the dam.

  • Horseback Riding

    Horseback riding trails are available.

  • Hunting

    Please utilize appropriate licenses.

  • Picnicking

    Picnicking areas are located around the dam.

  • Water Sports

    Windsurfing is popular around here.

  • Winter Sports

    The park is open year-round, so many winter sports are possible.


Open year-round.

Park Partners

Buffalo Bill Dam & Visitor Center

The Buffalo Bill Dam Visitor Center was opened in May 1993. A non-profit organization, the Visitor Center relies solely on sales of merchandise, donations, and the sale of Paver Blocks, which occupy the walkway to the Visitor Center.



Site is 8 miles west of Cody, Wyoming on U.S. 14-16-20 (Yellowstone Highway).

Phone Numbers


(307) 587-9227