Recreation Options in Gillette, WY

By Kevin Litwin on December 5, 2012 at 12:00 pm EST
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It's fun here in Campbell County, where many indoor and outdoor adventures await residents and visitors.

CAM-Plex

CAM-PLEX Multi-Events Facilities introduced a new management team in 2013: Sandra Bott is marketing manager.

“For the big picture, we're looking to eventually book an annual event at CAM-PLEX that will put our entire community on the map, like the motorcycle rally in Sturgis (S.D.) and Frontier Days in Cheyenne,” Bott says. “So in the future when people hear Gillette, they will think CAM-PLEX.”

The huge entertainment destination spans 1,100 acres and has five indoor events venues, a stadium park, three barns and multiple campgrounds. At the east end of its Wyoming Center at CAM-PLEX is Spirit Hall Ice Arena, a full NHL-size rink for recreational skating, figure skating and hockey games.

“We have 1,100 acres of versatility for hosting local, regional and national events, and we're already becoming a concert destination and a top venue for rodeos,” Bott says. “Larry and I will continue to research and explore what kinds of major events we can add to the CAM-PLEX schedule.”

Campbell County Recreation Center

Campbell County Recreation Center in Gillette has a 42-foot climbing wall, six-lane lap pool, three-meter diving platform, leisure pool with two water slides, basketball courts and racquetball courts. There are also five tennis courts, an elevated walking track, two tanning beds, a weight room, three exercise rooms and a kids zone used for babysitting.

Wright Recreation Center

The new Wright Recreation Center opened in October 2013. The new 25,939-square-foot facility joins an existing gymnasium that was built in 1991. The new rec. center features a three lane swimming pool, lazy river, hot tub, a meeting room, weight room, cardio area, dance/fitness rooms and a spinning studio. The site also has picnic areas, shelters and two playgrounds.

Golf

Campbell County has three golf courses. Bell Nob Golf Course is an 18-hole, par 72 championship venue in Gillette, plus there is a separate nine-hole par 3 course. Another destination is the nine-hole Gillette Golf Club that plays to a par 36 over its 3,500 total yards, and Haycreek Golf Club in Wright is nine holes measuring 3,527 yards.

Disc Golf

Disc golf can be played on two courses in Gillette. Dalbey Memorial Park offers a nine-hole, par-34 layout which is open to anyone for free. The course is mostly flat and lightly wooded. Energy Rotary Club Disc Golf Course is about 5,000 feet long with 18 holes set amongst moderately hilly and wooded terrain.

Youth Leagues

Children have plenty to pick from in sports and recreation, including leagues in floor hockey, ice hockey, basketball, baseball and swimming. The most popular is the Gillette Soccer Club, and the city also hosts a variety of little league baseball district tournaments.

Parks

Residents of Campbell County enjoy access to more than 50 parks and recreation areas which include playgrounds, athletic courts, horseshoe pits, grills and picnic areas. Gillette’s outdoor City Pool is open during the summer and includes a sand playground, lap lanes and climbing structures. Among the most visited sites in the city is Dalbey Park, which has seven baseball/softball fields and 65 picnic tables. Campbell County Parks & Recreatin maintains more than 20 parks and facilities, including four parks with ball fields. A new skate park is being planned. Youth programs are offered year round for children between 4 and 12, including basketball, soccer, girls softball, baseball, hikes and special nights out.

Fishing

While nearby Keyhole Reservoir offers boating and swimming opportunities, there are three great fishing spots located in Campbell County. Burlington Lake, formed by Gillette Dam on Stonepile Creek, spans 145 acres. Anglers will find fish including largemouth bass, bluegill and rainbow trout. Spinning, bait-casting and fly fishing are all encouraged. The pond at Dalbey Park in Gillette and Panther Pond in Wright provide even more chances to reel in a big one. Both are stocked with fish.

Shooting Ranges

Gillette Gun Club offers a public shooting range to practice pistol, rifle, muzzleloading, trap and archery. T&T Guns & Ammo in Gillette also has a public shooting range for pistol and rifle enthusiasts.

Read more about Gillette's parks and green spaces.

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