Cottonwood Group Picnic Site is located next to scenic Cottonwood Lake on the Salt River Mountains, surrounded by the forests of western Wyoming.


The lake offers great canoeing and boating for smaller craft, as well as fishing for brook and cutthroat trout.

Hiking, mountain biking, off-road vehicle and horseback riding trails are in the area.


This day-use picnic site can accommodate up to 25 guests and 8-10 vehicles. Vault toilets and drinking water are provided.

A group overnight campsite is available for reservations here.

Natural Features

The picnic site is located above Cottonwood Lake, near the peaceful North Fork Creek. A forest of pines and aspens offers shade, and vibrant summer wildflowers are abundant.

The Bridger-Teton National Forest offers more than 3.4 million acres of public land for outdoor recreation. With its pristine watersheds, abundant wildlife and immense wildlands, the forest comprises a large part of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, the largest intact ecosystem in the lower 48 United States.From Afton, Wyoming, take Highway 89 south approximately 7 miles to Smoot and watch for signs for the Cottonwood Lake Campground.

The forest boundary is about a mile up the access road, and the campground is 6 miles beyond that. Continue past the west first loop of the campground, then go right at the ‘Y’ intersection toward lake. The group picnic area is on the left side of the road.307-886-5300N