In the rugged Old West era, Casper promised adventure to all who traveled its famous trails.
From humble beginnings atthe convergence of five pioneer routes, Casper has emerged as a year-round destination that features all of the spectacular scenery, recreation and amenities of a modern mountain town.We’ve come a long way from our days as a frontier outpost, but the same sense of free-wheeling adventure still beckons visitors to Casper - the mountain town for the wild at heart.
Casper is the place where the boundaries between natural and urban landscapes blur, offering unparalleled access to recreation and culture among brilliant blue skies and wide open spaces. When you visit Wyoming’s city (or, WyoCity for short), you’ll ponder the architecture of our rolling mountain range from the comforts of a high-tech museum or fish for trophy-sized trout in our urban core. And with dozens of trails crisscrossing Casper Mountain and the North Platte River valley, modern day pioneers will find there’s still no better way to explore Casper’s finest attractions and recreational opportunities than to travel by trail.
Accessible from a major interstate and an international airport, Casper is the perfect place to ease yourself from civilization into Wyoming’s famous wilderness. But anyone lucky enough to vacation in the pristine natural beauty of Wyoming will agree that your journey is as important as your destination. Begin your journey on page 4 of this guide, where you’ll learn more about a few of the distinctive activities that make us WyoCity proud. If you’re still having trouble deciding when to visit, our 12 Months for the Wild at Heart section (page 14) will help you plan the perfect escape. And regardless of whether Casper is your primary destination or a stop along the way, our Explore (page 38) and Directory (page 58) sections will help you discover the attractions and businesses to make your WyoCity vacation complete.
If uncrowded waters teeming with blue ribbon trout are the stuff of your dreams, look no further than Casper. Once named the world’s #1 Big Fish Destination by American Angler Magazine, Casper is widely considered to be Wyoming’s top fishing spot by anglers around the world. Curtis Fleming, host of the Outdoor Channel’s popular Fly Fishing Chronicles calls Casper “a true trout angler’s mecca” and vows to fish it “year after year.”
Casper is the perfect place to have the fishing experience of a lifetime — be it along the famed Miracle Mile stretch of the North Platte River or among the supremely accessible waters through the city’s urban core. Both areas offer anglers the opportunity to experience a blue ribbon trout fishery with 2,200 to 4,000 fish per mile. There’s also the Grey Reef area, where rainbow, brown and cutthroat trout can tip the scales at more than 10 pounds. And despite the area’s notoriety, its waters remain uncrowded all season long.
While the North Platte waters are renowned, Casper also offers two nearby reservoirs for year-round angling, trolling or ice fishing. For a successful trip that is both relaxing and worry-free, consider hiring one of Casper’s expert guides. You’ll find a complete list of top guide shops along with a wealth of other local information including photos, videos, weather reports, fishing events and maps at FishCasper.com.
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The world-famous Miracle Mile is actually a 5.5-mile stretch of the North Platte River fed by Seminoe Reservoir, just 30 miles southwest of Casper. It is an extremely fertile tailwater that offers anglers a chance to catch enormous trophy trout, and with approximately 4,000 fish per mile, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to catch the fish of a lifetime. This area is boatable but much more effective for wade-fishing.
If size matters, head 25 miles southwest of Casper to the Grey Reef section of the North Platte River. Considered one of the best rainbow trout fisheries in the country, it is known for its impressive number of fish — particularly large ones. The average weight is 3-6 pounds, but fish weighing anywhere from 8-20 pounds have been reported. And we’re not just bragging — the Outdoor Channel’s Curtis Fleming chose this stretch of river as the backdrop for two recent episodes of his hit show The Fly Rod Chronicles with Curtis Fleming. Amazingly, you’ll find that despite the area’s notoriety, the waters remain uncrowded and the fish are ready to bite. This is truly the spot to be for sportsmen hoping to catch massive trout.
Just 10 miles farther southwest of Alcova lies Pathfinder Reservoir, a 22,000-acre lake known for its massive size and colossal walleye, trout and carp. Pathfinder hosts numerous professional walleye tournaments during the summer months and one of Wyoming’s largest ice fishing derbies the HAWG Ice Fishing Derby during the winter.
While Casper is world renowned for blue-ribbon trout fishing in places like the famed Miracle Mile, many visitors have discovered some of the best fishing just a few steps from their hotel room doors. After all, the North Platte River flows through the heart of the city, which means folks don’t have to travel outside city limits to land the catch of a lifetime. Recent estimates of 2,200 trout per mile or about 2,400 pounds per mile put Casper’s downtown area squarely within blue ribbon status. It doesn’t matter if you’re visiting for a few days or a few hours urban fly fishing can be squeezed into any itinerary.
The weather outside is frightful, but that doesn’t deter die-hard fishermen of all ages from sliding out on the ice of Alcova Lake and Pathfinder Reservoir to drill for prize walleye, trout and perch. These two lakes, which lie about 30 miles southwest of Casper, are the ultimate ice fishing destinations during cold winter months.
Opportunities vary from year to year, as a minimum 4" sheet of ice is recommended for ice fishing, though 6" is optimal. During especially cold winters, the ice thickens enough to offer at least three months of ice fishing heaven! Each licensed fisherman is allowed up to six lines in the water at the same time, so bring your tip-ups and jigging rods and don’t miss a single catch. If you’re the competitive type, be sure to visit Casper for the annual HAWG Ice Fishing Derby in late January with more than $50,000 in cash and prizes up for grabs.
With the world’s top fishing, Casper is home to the very best guides. Contact any of these experts to take you on the fishing excursion of a lifetime.