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Wyoming Beaches – Along the North Platte River

Posted by Jody on July 6, 2012

Today’s Featured Writer: Kristie McLin, PhD, Geologist

Did you know that mountains are where beaches come from? Uplifted mountains erode into valleys, and rivers carry all that sediment to the ocean.

The Granite Mountains of Wyoming will eventually become beach sand! (Photo: Kristie McLin)

Sometimes rocks show us a record of an ancient river system, beach, or ocean.

Are we at the beach yet? (Photo: Kristie McLin)

So there are beaches in Wyoming, both ancient and recent, but beaches come from Wyoming, too!

You will find the current beaches in Wyoming along rivers or reservoirs. A couple of examples are Dugway Recreation Site and Seminoe Reservoir, both on the North Platte River.

Dugway Recreation Site, Wyoming (Photo: Kristie McLin)

At the Dugway Recreation Site, there are campsites and restrooms. On a weekday in the summer, there was absolutely no one here! It is a very peaceful place to come for recreation.

Photo by Kristie McLin

Seminoe Reservoir (Photo: Kristie McLin)

Seminoe Reservoir, Wyoming (Photo: Kristie McLin)

The Seminoe Reservoir State Park  is a more popular recreation site.  As Wyoming’s Official State Travel Website states, “Seminoe has 180 miles of shoreline and is one of the largest man-made reservoirs in Wyoming and the largest of the Wyoming State Parks system.” There are huge sand dunes in the area, as well. The beach enthusiast can certainly find plenty to do along the North Platte River if you find yourself in Wyoming!

5 Responses to “Wyoming Beaches – Along the North Platte River”

  1. Jody said

    Thanks, Kristie! These are lovely photos of your trip to Wyoming. I noticed that there is still snow in the Granite Mountains. Yikes.

  2. GORGEOUS pictures!! *Following* your blog now. Thanks for checking out my humble little site, how did you come across it? I’m going to be doing a weekly pictorial post, each week highlighting a different ecosystem/bioregion in California (e.g. Death Valley Desert, Redwood Forest, etc.), with little pithy facts about the amazing features in those places =)

    –Love and Liberation–

  3. bigkosydar said

    your posts always remind me that i need a vacation 🙂

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