Trapper's Route is managed as a special recreation management area (SRMA), located along the North Platte River in central Wyoming. New facilities have been added to enhance and sustain public recreation opportunities. There are currently four day use areas and four campgrounds available for public use.
The North Platte River is the only floatable waterway in central Wyoming and has become the destination fishery for the state. Scenic and recreational values of the North Platte River are derived from a combination of environmental factors and management practices. The river is highly valued as a class 1 fishery. The Wyoming Game and Fish Department (WGFD) has rated it as a blue ribbon fishery. Game fish species include rainbow, brown, and cutthroat trout. The most common recreation activities are fishing, floating, waterfowl hunting, and wildlife observation. There are also opportunities for picnicking and camping. This river has become a vital part of the social and economic values of central Wyoming.
This area contains six camping units with picnic tables, fire rings, tent pads, and shelters. A double vault bathroom is located next to the parking lot. A universally accessible trail provides access to the river.
The Redds Day Use Area
This recently acquired area is limited to an interpretive trail and a small parking area. The facilities that are proposed for this site include a comfort station, picnic sites, a parking area, and the extension of the existing interpretive trail. A second pedestrian bridge is also planned for the future.
Recreation use at Mile’s Landing is limited to daylight hours, exclusively. A vault toilet is provided, and four surfaced picnic sites are located around the access route. Two shelters have been constructed, with an additional two shelters slated for construction as funding becomes available. A boat ramp as well as a parking area large enough to allow for trucks with drift boats provides access to the river.
This area contains a boat ramp, parking area, and comfort station. Use is is limited to daylight hours.
Gold Current Campground
This area provides a more natural setting with use limited to tent camping. A small parking area is located above the riparian area. The is a popular area with local anglers and families looking to be away from the larger visitor populations found at the reservoirs.
Chalk Bluffs Campground
This campground can accommodate larger vehicles, RV, and higher user numbers than the other campgrounds in the area. It has ten sites, a day use parking area, and vault toilet facilities. A boat ramp is planned for this year (2012). The access road is a longer winding loop road that is bisected to create a smaller loop for parking trailers and additional camping sites.
Located near Bates Creek, this area is managed to provide a rural-natural setting. The campground area is small with only four sites on the riverbank and a trailhead type facility located on the upland portion. The public lands immediately downstream from this site will be managed to provide a semi-primitive setting and walk-in access.