Free Camping at Lake Hattie, Wyoming

After spending a week at Government Gulley in Laramie, we were ready for a change of scenery…. but, we had to wait for a package to arrive at the Laramie Post Office.

Fortunately, there are tons of free camping options in the area. We scouted out Lake Hattie a few days before arriving and were excited to do a little beach front camping.

This area is operated by the state and has a 5 day stay limit. The site can accommodate all size RVs, but the best waterfront sites are only accessible by smaller rigs.

Here’s the Breakdown:

Location: Laramie, Wyoming

GPS41.2375, -105.9014

Date / Temp: We camped here for a few nights in late July. The temps were great – 70s during the day and 50s at night. The water is crystal clear warm enough to swim in.

Amenities: This primitive site offers few amenities and practices a “pack in, pack out” policy. There is a vault toilet, boat ramp and fire rings. Beware, there are no garbage cans on sight – however, you can dispose of light trash, dump tanks and fill up with potable water at the Territorial Prison Museum.


Wifi / Cell: One of the highlights of this site is its connectivity. We received a strong 4G LTE signal with our AT&T hotspot & phones. According to Campendium reviews, Verizon also receives great signal at the site. Unfortunately, T-Mobile receives no service.

Noise: This site is very quiet a night. During the daytime, there is a lot of waterfront activities. The boat launch stays busy and many folks fish from the shore.


Grocery / Errands: Laramie is a good sized, college town. We did grocery shopping, thrift store searching and our typical post office runs. There are multiple laundromats available, as well. It is a 20 mile drive from the campsite.

Dog Friendly: This site is very dog friendly. River had a lot of space to play and explore. 


Entertainment: We really enjoyed the vibe of the campsite and didn’t have the urge to get out and explore too much. We did enjoy Sweet Melissa’s – a vegetarian restaurant in historic downtown. The town has multiple museums and cool outdoor sports bars.

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One thought on “Free Camping at Lake Hattie, Wyoming

  1. Hey I think I was there the same time as you! Little tiny A-frame camper on the bluff above the lake? I had to leave & go to Sand Lake Rd. W. of Centennial, it was too hot at the lake with no shade.

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