STARS: 4 out of 5
BOYSEN STATE PARK -- TOUGH CREEK CAMPGROUND, BETWEEN THERMOPOLIS AND SHASHONI, WY: GPS 43.3286, -108.1473
I would have given this campground more stars except that it is quite expensive considering it is dry camping. I believe we paid $25 per night as non-Wyoming residents, and I think that's a lot of money for no services.
Also effecting my score is the quality of the water at the edge of the reservoir and the amount of trash on the beach. We actually took a walk with our trash picker upper and a trash bag and gathered an entire black trash bag of trash.
The view from our trailer, however, was incredible. And we were camped as close to being "on the beach" as you can get without actually being in soft sand. And the drop toilets were very clean. And the camphost was very pleasant, offering us free firewood from abandoned firepits.
I also liked that it was only 30 minutes from Thermopolis, so we were able to enjoy the hot springs at the Hot Springs State Park. I will talk about that in a minute.
In addition, we had some issues with our trailer and needed to get repairs. A local (Riverton) RV repair company made a service call to us first thing on a Monday. The company was called Adams RV Sales & Repair. I highly recommend them if you wind up in a pickle like we were. They went beyond the call of duty and were surprisingly affordable.
Regarding the hot springs, there are 3 separate hot springs facilities. One is geared towards kids (Star Plunge), one is free but is only one small indoor pool and one small outdoor pool (Bathhouse), and one is for a $15 fee and has many different types of pools (Tee Pee Pools). We looked at the other two, but paid for the Tee Pee Pools.
The Tee Pee Pools did not seem super clean. They were very sulfur-y (turned my necklace black), but there was a nice selection of pools and temperatures (but not really a cold one, which I do like) and the showers were decent. I spoke with a local who knows the pools and she said she goes to the Tee Pee Pools because you can't swim at the Bathhouse, only sit or stand. The Star Plunge was very loud with crazy kids -- if you have a crazy kid it would be a perfect place to get their energy out.
Back to the campground itself... There are two parts -- the formal campground, which I took plenty of photos of, and the dispersed area, which I tried to capture via photo as well. We camped in the dispersed area, because there was more space and privacy -- at least when we were there in early- to mid-June.
The formal sites have both first come, first serve sites (not on the water), and reservable sites (on the water). The water views from the reservable sites are lovely with beach access and easy-ish backins (no pull throughs). The first come sites have covered patio areas which is probably really nice on hot days. There are some big group sites as well -- some on the beach and some not.
The dispersed sites were a variety of pull-along-sides, back ins, and pull throughs. Most had lovely water views and beach access, although some didn't. There were also group sites. We chose a very large area parallel to the beach so we had great beach access and views. We recommend this area if there is availability and you don't have a reservation.
Verizon was good. AT&T was mixed -- texting was fine, but calls were not. Our internet router was great though and it works off ATT towers (see technology tips for more info on this).