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 Whitewater Park



In May 2003 the Platte River Parkway Trust inaugurated the Casper Whitewater Park, Wyoming's premier man made whitewater facility. The Casper Whitewater Park is a one half mile stretch of the North Platte River with four man made rock structures that create turbulent water for recreation. It is located parallel to First Street just West of Poplar Street and is designed for supervised beginner and intermediate boaters at normal water flows between 500 and 3000 cubic feet per second. Normal summertime water flow is just over 3000 cfs from June through September. There is no charge for the use of the facility. If boaters do not want to travel down through the Whitewater Park there is a boat launch located at the Mills/Wyoming Blvd bridge.  This is the last opportunity to exit the river before the park.

On any given day in the summer one can expect to see people using the Casper Whitewater Park to kayak, canoe and float although the facility is also a great place for fishing as the rock structures create wonderful nooks and crannies for fish. The Park also draws picnickers, and those who just enjoy the sounds and sights created by the whitewater features.

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             On Casper Mountain








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Alcova Lakeside Marina is located on Lake Alcova, approximately 40 miles Southwest of Casper, Wyoming.   It is 4 miles South of Highway 220 on Lakeshore Drive, and is the only facility on Lake Alcova that is open to the public.

The Marina is open 7 days a week from Mid-April through Mid-September.   It offers a full service restaurant and lounge, ski shop, liquor store, convenience store, and gas dock.

Boat and Sea-doo rentals are also available at Alcova Lakeside Marina.  


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 THE NICOLAYSEN BRINGS A DIVERSE RANGE OF WORK FROM LOCAL ARTISTS, as well as regional, national and internationally renowned artists. Contact the Nicolaysen for current exhibit information at (307) 235-5247. The Discovery Center brings individuals into the world of creativity. There is also a Museum Shop with many interesting items for sale.




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 The Tate Geological Museum has been part of Casper College since 1980 and was made possible through a gift from Marion and Inez Tate. The Tate houses nearly 3000 fossil and mineral specimens.

Our newest exhibit features 11,600 year old "Dee" the Mammoth as its centerpiece. Dee is the largest mounted Columbian Mammoth in the world and he stands at a height of over 4 meters (almost 14 feet). He is also the most senior mounted mammoth, believed to been approximately 65-70 years old when he died.

The Tate also has an extensive fossil collection spanning geologic time from the Precambrian to the Holocene. Favorites such as "Stan" the T-rex, "Oomtar" the Mosasaur and flying Pterosaurs footprints from near by Alcova can be seen on exhibit.

Another highlight of the Tate is the fossil prep lab, where visitors can watch skilled technicians work on fossil material and even step up to the window and ask questions. Children will enjoy the "Dino Den", which contains many hands-on activities for children of all ages.

The museum's gift shop is loaded with dinosaurs, mammoths, rock and mineral specimens, t-shirts, books and much more. The friendly staff is always willing to answer questions and provide any additional information about the museum or surrounding area. The museum is free of charge and open all year long.






Historic Trails

THE NATIONAL HISTORIC TRAILS INTERPRETIVE CENTER is one of Wyoming's finest museums. Featuring state-of-the-art technology, the interpretive center allows the visitor to experience what pioneer life was like for the early emigrants traveling on the Oregon Trail, California Trail, Mormon Trail, Bozeman Trail, Bridger Trail and Pony Express Trail. The interpretive center features four outdoor kiosks, an entrance designed to resemble the curved top of a covered wagon, and visitors can experience a unique piece of western history as they sit in a wagon and view a simulated crossing of the North Platte River.

The highlight of the center is an award-winning audiovisual presentation illustrating the lives and times of early pioneers, including the Native American history of that era. The National Historical Trails Interpretive Center is a must see for all those interested in pioneer life and our nation's westward expansion.

Oregon Trail
The Oregon Trail was the only practical way for early pioneers to get across the mountains into the Western United States and what is now Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada, Idaho and Utah. The largest migration along this route took place in the 1840's with travel continuing until the transcontinental railroad was completed in 1869. Travel was difficult and pioneers encountered many hardships. In fact, one in ten people died during the 2,000-mile journey. Wagon ruts from the Oregon Trail still exist today. Oregon Trail history is a fascination part of our country's heritage.

California Trail
Used by over a quarter of a million people, The California Trail carried farmers and those in search of gold to California during the 1840's and 1850's. Over 1,000 miles of wagon ruts can still be seen today in the rugged landscape between Casper, Wyoming and the West Coast. California Trail history provides a fascinating perspective on the massive migration to and through the states of Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Colorado, Wyoming, Idaho, Utah, Nevada, Oregon, and California.

Mormon Trail
Led by Brigham Young, over 70,000 Mormons traveled along the Mormon Trail from 1846 to 1869 to escape religious persecution. Beginning in Nauvoo, Illinois, the Mormon Pioneer Trail crossed Iowa, connected with the Great Platte River Road at the Missouri River, and ended near the Great Salt Lake in Utah, nearly 1,300 miles later. An integral part of Mormon history, tens of thousands of Mormon emigrants passed through five states during this mass migration and resulted in a new home in the Great Basin. This area later became the State of Deseret, then the Utah Territory, and finally the State of Utah. 

Pony Express Trail
Though in operation only eighteen months between 1860 and 1861, The Pony Express Trail is a colorful part of our nation's westward expansion. Known as the route for the horse and rider relay system that carried our nation's mail from St. Joseph, Missouri to Sacramento, California, the Pony Express Trail was the nation's means of carrying communications from east to west before the advent of the telegraph. The journey took ten days and showed the feasibility of overland transportation across the central United States. Much of the original trail no longer exists and the actual route and length is open to debate by historians.