Hawk Springs Recreation Area
Sunday, June 18, 2017
TORRINGTON – Goshen County is well known for its goose and pheasant hunting and for being the home of Fort Laramie, the largest military garrison on the Great Plains during the mid-1800s. However, the county does have another recreational opportunity that is not recognized by many who live here and even fewer who are just visiting, water sports.
The North Platte River traverses the entire county from west to east, offering plenty of canoeing and floating opportunity along its way. The most popular place to put in from is Whalen Diversion Dam between the towns of Fort Laramie and Guernsey, but there are other put in and take in sites along the way, such as Rawhide Recreational Area and at the Main Street Bridge in Torrington.
But for boating and fishing opportunities, most people visit Hawk Springs Recreation Area, located about nine miles southeast of the town of Hawk Springs.
The recreation area consists of the 1,950 acre Hawk Springs reservoir and about 50 acres of land. The reservoir and land are actually owned by the Horse Creek Conservation District, but, because of the reservoirs popularity, the site was named a state recreation area in 1987 and the Division of State Parks and Historic Sites, Wyoming Department of State Parks and Cultural Resources agreed to administer the site.