Ready or not I had to make the reservation or lose any chance of going here during 2013. But while reservation was possible the road in might not be open or the campground itself might not be open, so it’s a risk to plan trip this early.
BTW: The Senior InterAgency Lifetime Pass is a great deal (only $10 to get, someone in National Forest office in Laramie sold me on it last trip). It is good for lifetime and got a $52.50 discount on the campsite. One of the few bargains left the government provides for us in the 99%. So while the elites are at Aspen or Jackson Hole or even Red Lodge at least the rest of us can have a tent on a beautiful river.
Now I just need a new tent. A small backpacking tent is now in my past, not suitable for my aging frame any more.