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Pathfinder Dam

Pathfinder Dam

Pathfinder Dam is on the North Platte River, 47 miles southwest of Casper, WY. From Casper, take Wyoming Highway 220 south and turn left onto Natrona County Rd. 409 (Pathfinder Road). A small interpretive center with exhibits about the dam is located in the old dam tender's house, and a 1.7-mile interpretive trail, which can be accessed by a historic, restored suspension bridge, offers views and information. Access to the top of the dam may be limited due to construction work on the spillway. To visit the interpretive center, open only by appointment, call Natrona County Parks and Trails at (307) 235-9325.

For more information on the dam, visit the Bureau of Reclamation's Pathfinder Dam website. For more on the Pathfinder National Wildlife Refuge, which lines the shores of parts of Pathfinder Reservoir, visit the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s website. For more on camping, boating and fishing opportunities visit Natrona County’s Pathfinder Reservoir website.