When you think of paddling, Wyoming might not be top of mind—but this dry state is a paddler’s dream. One of the its best-kept secrets, Fremont Canyon is located near Casper and is just waiting to be explored. While it’s named for the place where explorer John C. Freemont capsized his raft (he and his crew later made it to St. Louis on foot), modern- day kayakers and fly anglers will most likely have better luck here. Float the waters of the North Platte at the base of beautiful rock walls that rise high on either side of the river (it’s a good place for climbing, too). From June through September (the ideal time to visit), Fremont Canyon is best accessed from Alcova Reservoir. Bring your own kayak, canoe, or stand-up paddleboard, or rent from Alcova Resort and pack a lunch (or grab one from Grant Street Grocery in Casper) so you can munch with spectacular views.
Cover photo: Wyoming’s lonely Fremont Canyon offers the ideal escape. Photo by Katie Coakley