UPDATE JUNE 19, 2014
Connor Battlefield Campground is now OPEN for camping. Cleanup and landscaping continue, but campers are allowed into the campground. All site visitors are urged to approach the Tongue River with caution.
FLOODING UPDATE JUNE 16, 2014:
Water from the Tongue River in northern Wyoming that had flooded the Connor Battlefield Campground in Ranchester has receded from the area. The campgrounds remain closed to campers as the site is cleaned up and repaired. The footbridge has reopened, and foot traffic can enter.
Campsite cleanup is expected to take two weeks. The site hopes to reopen to campers in the first week of July. The Wyoming Division of State Parks, Historic Sites and Trails will notify the public of the campground’s reopening. For more information, please call 307-684-7629.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Rising water from the Tongue River in northern Wyoming has flooded the Connor Battlefield Campground in Ranchester resulting in the facility’s closure until further notice.
Baring possible heavy rainfall this weekend, the flow from the river is expected to lessen on Friday. In the event of possible heavy rain, the river is not expected to crest until the middle of next week.
A timetable as to when the campground will reopen has not been established. The Wyoming Division of State Parks, Historic Sites and Trails will notify the public of the campground’s reopening following clean up and repair of the site once the water recedes and public safety can be assured.
Connor Battlefield State Historic Site and Campground is not located at Fort Phil Kearny. It is located in Ranchester, WY and is managed in partnership with the State of Wyoming and the Town of Ranchester. Overnight camping fees are $6/night for Wyoming residents, $11/night for campers from out-of-state.
The site consists of 20 camping and picnic sites nestled in an oxbow of the Tongue River in the shade of large cottonwoods. There are two restrooms, a playground, and horseshoe pits. Each camping and picnic site has a grill and table and two sites are ADA accessible. The Connor site offers a quiet, relaxing campsite, away from the hustle of the road in the peaceful seclusion of a river bottom. Community facilities are within a few blocks, yet a visitor would never know it. Camping sites operate on a first-come, first-served basis, without reservations. Camping is seasonal. The park closes to camping and vehicles on October 31.