Outdoor Recreation

The forests, plains deserts, and mountains of the Fossil Basin region are home to an incredible variety of wildlife including pronghorn, moose, eagles, cougars, coyotes, and much more. The lakes, rivers, and streams flowing through the region comprise some of the best fishing anywhere, and the wide open spaces are perfect for exploration by wheels, boots, or skis.


The Hams Fork River has multiple access points for fishing near Kemmerer. Access points include Lake Viva Noughton Reservoir, Bridger-Teton National Forest near Hams Fork Campground and BLM land north of Kemmerer about six miles.

Other options for fishing in the area include Fontanelle Creek Recreation Area and Smiths Fork.

Find more information about fishing in southwest Wyoming here.


The Kemmerer-Diamonville area offers a variety of hunting opportunities, including mule deer, white-tailed deer, pronghorn, elk, moose, ducks, coots, dark geese, sage grouse and others. A few of the hunting areas are Seedskadee Refuge, Cokeville Meadows, Bridger-Teton National Forest and other public lands.

For information on regulations, visit the Wyoming Game & Fish website.

Wildlife Viewing & Bird Watching

The Fossil Basin is home to an abundance of wildlife from birds to big game. Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge and Cokeville Meadows are two of the best places for wildlife viewing and bird watching in the Kememrer-Diamondville area.


Wyoming’s only golf course with an island green is located in Kemmerer, WY. Fossil Island Golf Club, nestled next to the Hams Fork River, has a nine-hole course featuring a dual island green. Originally built in 1920, the course later received design updates from noted golf course architect Dick Phelps, making it a world-famous double par-5 island green.

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