The boat docks at the Mikesell-Potts Recreation Area and at Monument Point have been installed. We’re geared up for another great season at Lake DeSmet. Call our office if you have questions.
The Mikesell-Potts Recreation Area is a county owned facility located on the south shore of Lake DeSmet 8 miles north of Buffalo, WY off exit 51 of I-90. Each year, Lake DeSmet is visited by locals and travelers from across the country who enjoy fishing, boating, swimming, camping and pristine views of the water and surrounding mountains.
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Camping is available on a first come/first serve basis at this site.
- Over 60 overnight camping spots ($15 per night)
- 8 camping sites with electricity ($20 per night)
Available at no charge:
- 2 boat ramps
- Picnic areas for day use at beach area on south side
- 4 restrooms (1 open year round)
Overnight camping fees are paid on the “honor ” system. Fees are $20 per night for sites with electricity and $15 per night for sites without electricity.
Reservations are not accepted. There are no potable water or dump stations available at this facility. If you have questions, please call 307-684-2262 or email email@example.com.
Johnson County Resident Multi Day Passes
Resident Multi-Day Passes are available in seven and fourteen-day increments. A seven-day pass for a non-electrical campsite is $84 and a fourteen-day pass is $168. A seven-day pass for an electrical site is $120 and a fourteen-day pass is $252.
Multi-day passes must be purchased at Johnson County Road and Bridge, 325 Butte Street in Buffalo. Residents wishing to purchase a pass must provide proof of residency with a property tax receipt or vehicle registration with a Johnson County address.
Campers who purchase passes are required to abide by all Mikesell-Potts regulations, including the maximum 14 day stay in a 20-day period provision.
Per Mikesell-Potts Regulations, Commercial solicitation may be allowed in designated areas by written permission from the Mikesell/Potts Recreation Area Supervisor. If you are interested in requesting permission please contact the Mikesell-Potts Office located at Johnson County Road and Bridge (307-684-2262) or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. A fee of $25 is required for this permit.