Jeff Rasley



Cottonwood Lake

The Cottonwood Lake Campground is located next to Cottonwood Lake in the Salt River Mountains at an elevation of 7,000 feet, approximately 13 miles southeast of Afton, Wyoming. North Fork Creek runs near this site where pines and aspens offer partial shade. The lake offers great boating for smaller craft (there is no ramp available) and fishing for brook and cutthroat trout. Trails for hiking, biking, horseback riding, and ATVs begin within the site


From the Town of Afton, Wyoming, head south on United States Highway 89 for approximately 8.3 miles, then make left turn on Cottonwood Creek Road/County Road 153. Shortly after the Cottonwood Creek Road enters the Bridger-Teton National Forest and turns into Forest Service Road 10208 (FS-10208). Follow FS-10308 for about 6 miles, where you will see signage and access to Cottonwood Lake Campground on the left.

Approximate travel details from the Town of Afton: 14 miles, 21 minutes.

Typically you can fish the river year-round with the exception being November and December.  These two months fishing above Wyoming bridge 238 is restricted because of spawning.  In early months of the year it's not unusual to see one or two anglers fishing the Salt on a warm sunny day, however I being a Wyoming native must mention "warm" in Wyoming is around 32 degrees. In May and early June the river is at its highest and it best to float the river.  Summertime brings the caddis, stonefly and PMD hatch.  Unlike some rivers matching the hatch is not critical and the fish tend not to be spooked easily.   An anglers choice of flies need not be more than 8 or 9 patterns for the entire season.

Salt River
Greys River

Like many Wyoming rivers the fishing season on the Greys River is influenced by spring runoff so typically good fishing starts late in June when the river clears and continues on into the fall. The river's character offers some good undercut banks, pocket water, fallen timber and at times some very fast whitewater. Some fishermen float sections of the Greys River but it is normally floated with canoes and catarafts. In summer the river's flow can range from about 600 cubic feet per second up to 2000 cubic feet per second. One thing that makes fishing the Greys River such a pleasure is the easy access that is available to fishermen because of the proximity of the Greys River Road. The easy access is a double-edged sword as it makes too much of the river too easy to get to which increases fishing pressure however this is a boon for the wade fisherman that can access much of the river without a boat. 

A father teaching his boys to fish on the Greys River

The Greys River has an ample population of Snake River Fine Spotted Cutthroat and Trout. The average fish range from 12 to 14 inches, but during the spring spawn many larger fish come up from Palisades Reservoir.