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Fontenelle Lakes

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General Description

LOCATION: The Fontenelle Basin is located northwest of the town of LaBarge, at the upper end of Fontenelle Creek. It is bounded by Commissary Ridge on the west and the Absaroka Ridge on the east.

The lakes are accessible by two trails reached by traveling up the LaBarge Road. The South LaBarge Trailhead is located off the LaBarge Road, a few miles from Scaler Guard Station and is an uphill climb for a short stretch. The Shafer Creek Trail, also located off the LaBarge Road, connects with the Absaroka Ridge Trail. It has a corral and parking lot available for those bringing horses and is an easier trail for hiking than the South LaBarge Trail.

ATTRACTIONS: In the scenic Fontenelle Basin are a cluster of small lakes and ponds known as the Fontenelle Lakes. The Fontenelle Lakes can be explored either on horseback or on foot.

GENERAL INFORMATION: Although the lakes can be fished, only two have fish in them and they tend to be on the small side. Some of the wildlife in the area include moose, elk, mule deer, bear, bald eagles.

There are a few very nice dispersed or undeveloped campsites located among the lakes. Cattle graze the area in and around the basin from July through September.

Extreme caution must be used around the northernmost lake on the South LaBarge Trail. The area surrounding the lake is very boggy and people have been known to fall through into the water.

Twin Creek Lakes, located to the south of the Fontenelle Lakes are also very beautiful and the cliffs of Commissary Ridge provide spectacular scenery.

Directions from LaBarge: Go south of town about 1 1/2 miles then go west on LaBarge Road (Forest Road 10138). Follow LaBarge Road to either the Shafer Creek Trailhead or the South LaBarge Creek Trailhead. The Shafer Creek Trailhead is located just off LaBarge Road, about 4 miles north of the Forest boundary. To reach the South LaBarge Creek Trailhead, turn west on Forest Road 10013, about 4 1/2 miles north of the Forest Boundary. Go past the Scaler Guard Station to the trailhead.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Accessible: June through October .

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Backpacking The Fontenelle Basin is accessed only by foot or horse.
ICON Hiking & Walking The Fontenelle Basin is accessed only by foot or horse.
ICON Horseback Riding The Fontenelle Basin is accessed only by foot or horse.
ICON Lakes & Reservoirs Fontenelle Lakes
ICON Viewing Scenery

Related Activities
LaBarge Road Scenic Drive - This route leads from the town of LaBarge, northwest up LaBarge Creek, eventually linking to either Greys River Road or Smiths Fork Road.

More Information

Visitor Information:

Kemmerer Ranger District, Highway 189, P.O. Box 31 , Kemmerer, WY, 83101, Phone: 307-877-3933


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