Whiskey Basin


Please review the general regulations. 14 day camping limit Weed free certified hay only

Whiskey Basin WHMA is closed to motorized vehicles Dec. 1 - May 15

Closure is limited to vehicles only. Foot and horse access open year-round

Fishing, Hunting, Trapping, Camping, Hiking, Wildlife Viewing

Comfort Stations, Campgrounds, Boat Ramps


Lander Regional Office
260 Buena Vista
Lander, WY 82520

(307) 332-2688

Commonly Found Species

Big and Trophy Game in this Area
Below are specific Big and Trophy Game species commonly found within this WHMA area.
  • Antelope - 84
  • Deer - 128
  • Elk - 68/69
  • Moose - 6
  • Bighorn Sheep - 9/10
  • Mountain Lion - 18
  • Black Bear - 28
  • Wolf - 13
Fish Species in this Area
Below are specific Fish species commonly found within this WHMA area.
  • Brook Trout
  • Brown Trout
  • Burbot
  • Mountain Whitefish
  • Rainbow Trout
  • Yellowstone Cutthroat
Small game and Birds in this Area
Below are specific Small game species commonly found within this WHMA area.
  • Doves
  • Partridge
  • Pheasant
  • Rabbit
  • Sage Grouse
  • Sharp tailed Grouse
  • Turkey
  • Waterfowl
  • Mountain Grouse
Whiskey Basin Wildlife Habitat Management Area is four miles east of Dubois off U.S. Highway 26/287. The 12,782-acre area was established in 1954 to provide crucial winter range for bighorn sheep. In fact, Whiskey Basin is home for 1,200 bighorns, the largest herd in the world. The Whiskey Mountain Conservation Camp is located within the WHMA and serves as the site for the Wyoming Game and Fish Department-sponsored annual youth and teachers conservation camps. You will find sagebrush grasslands, riparian (creek bottom) zones, rocky slopes and forested areas. The basin has been shaped by glaciers. The area along the Wind River Mountains provides an excellent place to view, photograph and study bighorn sheep from late November through April. Winter is very stressful for these and many other animals. You can reduce human disturbance by viewing animals from your vehicle. By doing this, you help ensure the survival of wintering wildlife like bighorn sheep. Besides bighorn sheep, you will find elk, moose, deer, coyotes, rabbits and many songbirds. Some sandhill cranes nest here. Two miles of Torrey Creek and three glacial lakes provide fishing opportunities for rainbow, lake, brook and brown trout, ling and whitefish. The elevations are high, anywhere from 7,000 feet to almost 9,000 feet. The scenery is spectacular. Whiskey Basin was a favorite winter ground for the Sheepeater Clan of the Shoshone Tribe because of the relatively mild winters and the abundance of big game. Petroglyphs carved in the large glacial rocks by the Sheepeaters provide a vivid history of this area. These petroglyphs are irreplaceable treasures. Please help to protect and preserve them. After a day of observing bighorn sheep, stop at the National Bighorn Sheep Center in Dubois on U.S. Highway 26/287. Hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday through Saturday through Labor Day. After Labor Day, the center is open Thursday through Monday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. This WHMA lies within bear country, please visit our bear wise page for information on recreating in bear country - https://wgfd.wyo.gov/Wildlife-in-Wyoming/More-Wildlife/Large-Carnivore/Grizzly-Bear-Management/Bear-Wise-Wyoming.