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Canoeing around the Yellowstone region

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The Yellowstone region provides many different and varied canoeing opportunities. In Yellowstone itself you can only canoe on the big lakes, all the rivers and creeks are closed to boating. Outside the park however there are more rivers, streams and lakes than you can shake a stick at, the Snake, the Henry's Fork, the Gallatan, the Madison, the Shoshone, The Yellowstone just to mention some of the rivers. Lakes would include Yellowstone, Lewis Lake, Jackson Lake, Hegdbon Lake, Green River Lakes, Brooks Lake and many many more. All of the gateway communities to Yellowstone have guides, rentals, guided tours and supplies.

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Kayaking the Gallatin River, Big Sky, Montana
Kayaking the Gallatin River

The Greater Yellowstone Region has a huge variety and selection of places to paddle your boat. Just look through our rivers or lakes section or choose one of our many beautiful waterways, the Yellowstone Region 's boating will not disappoint you as the Grand Tetons, the Absaroka Range, the Wind River Mountains, the Gallatin Range as well as others have provides stunning scenery and filled that scenery with water to float our boats.

Canoeing has been a form of transportation for millennia. For many cultures it has been a way of life, carrying fur traders across North America in the 17th and 18th centuries and long before that enabling native peoples to travel. Traditional dug out and birch bark canoes have given way to a wealth of styles, materials and manufacturers. Today, canoes are recreational watercraft for everything from camping to racing and it is an awesome way to experience the lakes and rivers her in the Greater Yellowstone ecosystem.

Canoeing is a blast but it can easily hurt of kill you. There is one important thing to remember: there are the fundamentals of canoeing–canoes, paddles, paddling strokes, etc.–and then there are the individual canoeist’s interpretations of those fundamentals – KNOW them before getting onto tricky water. There are as many interpretations as there are canoeists. Every canoeist has his or her own favorite canoe, best knot, andother canoeing

Canooing the Snake River in Grand Teton National Park
Canoeing on the Snake River in Grand Teton National Park provides stunning scenery

secrets. You will discover yours the more you get out on the water and gain experience. There are generally accepted best practices, like getting off the water during a lightning storm, a daily occurrence on the waters around Yellowstone. Loading your canoe properly has a big impact on maneuverability and safety. Too much weight up front makes it cumbersome to steer, whereas keeping weight low in the canoe will make it less prone to tipping.

We all dream of the perfect canoe trip, with gorgeous weather, relaxing days and bonding with friends and family. Yet even on a weekend outing you need to be prepared for reality and the Greater Yellowstone region provides curve balls daily.

For a first time experience or a veteran paddler, the Yellowstone Region is one of the most fun and rewarding activities. Boating on the tranquil waters of the regions many lakes to the crashing waves of whitewater on our prodigious selection of rivers and creeks will fit any experience level for young and old.

Around the region, there are several canoe and kayak rentals shops along with experienced instructors available for hire to help maximize your fun on the water.

Many of the regions whitewater enthusiasts combine their whitewater adventure with a fishing adventure as well. The lakes, rivers and streams of the Greater Yellowstone Region provide superb trout fishing and the whitewater sections are one of the better sections because many boat fishermen are scarred to float them and the access from the banks is poor for those without a boat.

Guide To The Classification Of Rapids

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Finding out what the conditions will be like before you set out on a paddling trip is an important part of your kayaking preparations. Knowing the water that you’re heading into is not only essential for your safety but it also allows you to prepare adequately for the conditions.

Yellowstone Region Kayak, Canoe and White Water Guides

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Canoeing around Yellowstone can bring great relaxation, but also great excitement.

Snake River Kayak & Canoe • (Jackson Hole) We are specialists in the field of outdoor recreation. Based in the shadow of the Tetons since 1976, in Jackson Hole, WY. We offer whitewater rafting in the Grand Canyon of the Snake River, whitewater canoe and kayak instruction for paddlers of all ages and abilities, single-day and overnight backcountry sea kayaking trips in Yellowstone National Park

The Canoeing House • (Three Forks MT) The Canoeing House in Three Forks Montana is located between Yellowstone National Park and Glacier National Park 35 miles west of Bozeman, Montana. With 60 acres and a private landing on the Jefferson River 90 miles north of Yellowstone National Park, visitors park at our site and are shuttled up river for 2 to 6 hours of scenic day canoeing or kayaking. While many paddle just for a day, others prefer canoe camping or guided trips. The Canoeing House provides services on hundreds of miles of clear, clean rivers-The Jefferson, Madison, Gallatin, Missouri and Yellowstone. Three Forks is at the confluence of the Madison, Gallatin and Jefferson Rivers, which makes it a hub of recreation. Three Forks is also home to Lewis and Clark Caverns State Park and Missouri Headwaters State Park.

Wyoming River Trips • (Cody WY) If your staying in Cody Wyoming or just passing through, let Wyoming River Trips show you family fun at its best.
Teton / Yellowstone Region Kayak, Canoe And Raft Rentals

Leisure Sports • (Jackson Hole) We have what it takes to complete your Jackson Hole experience. Whether you want to ride it, pack it, or sleep under it! Leisure Sports, located at 1075 S. Hwy 89, rents all kinds of fun. From Rafts to Rowing Frames and Sea-Doos to sleeping bags. Call us - Leisure Sports - We rent fun!

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Rivers of the Greater Yellowstone Region

Yellowstone Park Rivers
Yellowstone River • The Yellowstone River drainage hosts exceptional scenery and some of the most diverse wildlife on earth. You can see elk, bison, grizzlies, moose, majestic mountains, canyons and waterfalls. And is a world-renowned trout-fishing destination. It begins in the Teton Wilderness in northwest Wyoming’s rugged Absoraka Mountains 671 miles upstream from the confluence with the Missouri, from here the Yellowstone winds unencumbered by dams all the way to South Dakota's rolling prairies. The upper Yellowstone is pretty much as it always has been, and is being managed by Yellowstone Park and Montana Game and Fish for the welfare of the fish and wildlife that live around it. This has preserved one of the best trout rivers, outside of Alaska or Canada. Winding through Yellowstone Park and into Montana to the town of Big Timber, the famous trout water of the Yellowstone flows for nearly 250 miles. ---------------------> More......
Gardiner River • Rising on the northeast slope of Joseph Peak in the northwest corner of Yellowstone Park the Gardiner River is born. The river starts at 10,000 feet. By the time it reaches the northwest corner of Gardner's Hole it has been joined by several other icy small streams. After it reaches Gardner's Hole, Fawn, Panther, Indian and Obsidian creeks join it. All are small, winding, willow lined, clear and cold, and all host numbers of brook and rainbow trout. The streams of Gardner's Hole are the only ones in the Park that may be fished with worms-but only by children twelve years and under.  Twenty miles from its source from where it passes under the Norris-Mammoth road bridge, there is a mile or so of very pleasant water. But proceed with caution as the walls of the canyon steadily constricts the river, bank fishing becomes tough and wading becomes risky. The river becomes a torrent and soon drops over 150 foot Osprey Falls, and the even steeper canyon below. It is dangerous to continue.-------------> More
Firehole River   • The Firehole River is one of two major tributaries of the Madison River. It flows north approximately 21 miles from its source in Madison Lake on the Continental Divide to join the Gibbon River at Madison Junction in Yellowstone National Park. The Firehole flows through several significant geyser basins in the park to include the Upper Geyser Basin, which contains the world-famous geyser Old Faithful. Early trappers for the steam that makes it appear to be smoking as if on fire named the river.-------------------------------------> more
Lamar River • The Lamar River is the largest tributary of Yellowstone River within Yellowstone National Park. We are fortunate not to have to use the full moniker, Lucius Quintus Cincinnatus Lamar, of the Secretary of the Interior for whom the river is named. It originates in the high peaks, steep ridges, U-shaped valleys of the Absaroka-Beartooth Mountains and it is approximately 40 miles long. Large herds of Bison and Elk lazily graze along the river in the Lamar Valley. Wolves can even occasionally be spotted if you are an early riser or get lucky in the evening and it is one of the best places in Yellowstone to spot Grizzlies. The Upper Lamar River is another tremendous cutthroat fishery. The main river along with tributaries such as Cache, Miller and Cold creeks fish very well with dry flies for 12"-18" cutthroats. As with all of backcountry trips the wildlife, wildflowers and scenery are tremendous. wolves, grizzly bears, elk, bison, deer and moose are among some of the wildlife you may encounter in this area of the park. ----------------------..........-> More
Lewis River • The Lewis River is a tributary of the Snake River and is a popular destination for Yellowstone backcountry travelers, fishermen, and campers. The entire course of the river is located within the boundaries of Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming about 70 miles north of Jackson Hole. The river is named for Meriwether Lewis, commander of the Lewis and Clark Expedition though Lewis and Clark and the Corps of Discovery never saw Yellowstone. The Lewis River begins at the southern end of Shoshone Lake and flows southerly approximately 3 miles to Lewis Lake; here the river is called the Lewis River Channel. The river reemerges at the southern end of Lewis Lake and flows in a general southerly direction through a steep canyon roughly paralleling the south entrance road toward the south entrance of the park. Shortly before leaving the park, the Lewis River merges with the Snake River just north of Flagg Ranch, changing its course southward. The Snake soon flows out of Yellowstone into Grand Teton National Park and Jackson Lake ------------------------------------- > more Lewis Falls at the Lewis River in Yellowstone National Park
Gibbon River • The Gibbon River begins its short journey into the Madison in the center of Yellowstone National Park, at Grebe Lake from there It flows for a short distance into Wolf Lake. Upon its exit from Wolf Lake, the Gibbon River twists and turns through narrow canyons and great meadows and thermal areas until meeting with the Firehole River for the genies of the Madison River. The upper section of Gibbon River has very difficult access, not much volume and involving bushwhacking through difficult terrain. You will catch brook trout, cutthroat trout and grayling, all on the small side, rarely exceeding 10 inches. But the difficulty is worth it for the opportunity to catch grayling, as they require the cleanest of waters.-----------------------------> more

Wyoming Rivers

Grand Teton National Park Grand Teton National Park's Snake River • The source of the mighty Snake River is in Yellowstone National Park, from there it flows past Flagg Ranch south through the John D. Rockefeller, Jr., Memorial Parkway, and into postcard perfect Jackson Lake in Grand Teton National Park. Below Jackson Lake Dam, the river meanders through Grand Teton National Park. Above the river to the west, the Grand Teton mountains rise suddenly, with no foothills to soften their dramatic rise to the sky. These are mountains the way we always expect mountains to look, The snowcapped, Grand Tetons are America's quintessential mountain range, rearing up with sawtooth like exaggeration crowned by the 13,770-foot Grand Teton. More.......
Jackson Hole Wyoming's Snake River • The Snake River as it leaves Grand Teton National Park is equally as breathtaking as it is as it flows through the Park but allows you to see the Grand Teton Mountain Range from different angles and vantage points. This escarpment of perpendicular granite is awesome no mater which angle you view it from. There also good views of the Sleeping Indian in the Gros Ventre Mountains to the east. More.......
Snake River Canyon • A blue sky overhead hosts a few cumulous clouds, the towering Snake River Range overwhelms you on the right but the majestic Wyoming Range balances it on the left, an osprey plucks an unsuspecting trout from its watery home with a quick swoop from the sky and some handy work with it's talons. You can count your blessings when you're floating down the mighty Snake River that divides these two mountain ranges here in the bottom of Wyoming's Snake River Canyon. The Snake River is a gorgeous ribbon of blue, green and white that comes alive and deposits itself in you face on a regular basis in this imposing canyon where towering spruce, pine and fir trees wear rags of moss and bald eagles perch watching the parade of kayakers, fishermen and rafters float by. More....
Gros Ventre River • The Gros Ventre River (pronounced 'grow-vont') flows from it's headwaters in the Gros Ventre Wilderness which forms much of the eastern boundary of Jackson Hole and lies mostly to the south of the river. The Gros Ventre is a swift medium-sized freestone river providing plentiful pocketwater, runs and pools. There are not many riffles on the Gros Venture. The River contains expansive open terrain with exposed sedimentary rock layers of many colors, cliff bands, dense forest, and narrow canyons. In places the color scheme of this beautiful river valley resembles the southwest. The river alternates between a broad cottonwood-lined bottom and narrow canyons. Views of the Grand Tetons Range are spectacular. It is a beautiful, undeveloped region with abundant wildlife. The Gros Ventre River is home to the Snake River Fine-spotted Cutthroat Trout, and whitefish. Brookies are in some of the tributaries of the upper Gros Ventre drainage. Early season kayaking is classic, the fishing is remarkable, and photographers will have no shortage of subject matter. More......

Gros Ventre River
The Salt River  •  The Salt River is a small river that originates on the western slope of the Salt River Mountain Range just south of the town of Afton. It flows north through scenic Star Valley Wyoming between the Salt River Range of Wyoming and the Caribou Range of Idaho into Palisades Reservoir at its confluence with the Snake River. On it's way it meanders through miles of ranch land until it reaches on Idaho-Wyoming border. The Salt River is home to Brown, Rainbow, Brook and Snake River Fine Spotted Cutthroat and Trout. The Salt is a flat-water river but does offer scenic canoe, kayak, rafting and tubing floats.------------------------≥ More......
The Green River • The Green River a major tributary of the great Colorado River system, it is born from the glacier melt water high in the Wind River Mountains, it dumps from the glaciers into a pair of large scenic lakes in the northern region of the Winds and emerges suddenly as a fast-flowing, freestone river with a deep emerald color which appropriately gives the Green its name. From Green River Lakes, it runs 730 miles to join the Colorado deep in Utah's Canyonlands National Park, passing through Flaming Gorge Canyon along the way. The Green River joins the Colorado River to form the Grand Canyon in Arizona. Beginning in the Bridger-Teton National Forest at Green River Lakes, one of the prettiest places on earth, the river makes a big bend and then turns south before entering private property. Unpaved National Forest roads skirt the river and afford many places along this 20-mile stretch to fish, watch wildlife, and enjoy the sound of tumbling water. --------> More Red canoe, green river, wind river mountains, pinedale wyoming
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The Wind River  • The Wind River is the name for the upper reaches of the Bighorn River in Wyoming. As the story goes, a miscommunication between 19th century explorers led to the portion of the river that enters the Wind River Canyon to  be  named the Wind River, while the one that exits the canyon is called the Big Horn River. The Wind River begins its journey in the icy waters of Wind River Lake and Brooks Lake at the top of Togwotee Pass in the Absaroka Mountains. Glacier fed creeks pour into it from the glacier studded Wind River Range, Dunior, Horse Creek and the East Fork of the Wind River just east of Dubois all which drain the southern Absaroka Range join it before it hits the desert of the Wind River Indian Reservation. It flows southeastward, across the Shoshone Basin and the Wind River Indian Reservation and joins the Little Wind River near Riverton. It then veers northward then is temporarily tamed at the juncture of the Owl Creek Mountains, where the river is dammed to form Boysen Reservoir, the Wind River officially becomes the Bighorn River at the Wedding of the Waters, on the north side of the Wind River Canyon.---------------------------> More

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The Greys River The Greys River • The Grey's River is located just east of the Idaho/Wyoming border near Alpine, Wyoming. The river is about 55 miles long and flows into Palisades Reservoir. The Grey's River area is considered by many northwest Wyoming locals to be a one of their favorite multiple use playgrounds, the river offers great trout fishing, kayaking, rafting and canoeing and there are many access points along the road to access the river. The towering Salt River Range to the west and the matching Wyoming Range to the east, both hosting several peaks that reach above 11,000 feet in elevation, this results in an awesome place to be. The surrounding mountains and their many canyons offer OHVing, horseback riding, hiking, and trophy elk and deer hunting with many Boon and Crocket records to prove it. This mountain valley is alive with the sweet smell of wildflowers, the green forest floor is shared with yellow Balsamroot, red Indian Paintbrush Yellow Arrowleaf, and purple Fireweed. More..........
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Hoback River • Twelve miles south of Jackson you will find the Hoback River which is one of the more accessible rivers in the Jackson Hole, Yellowstone region. Highway 191 parallels it the river most of the Hoback's length from the confluence with the Snake River to about five miles south of the town of Bondurant where the river turns west into the Wyoming Range. Much of the lower section is private land but there are several access points and patches of national forest and BLM land, which provides access points. Here there isn’t a lot of drop but there are several good waves and fishing holes. During the spring, winter and late fall you can often see Rocky Mountain Bighorn sheep on the cliffs by Camp Creek Inn.-------------------------------------> more

Greybull River • The Greybull River south of Cody Wyoming runs through some of the most remote backcountry in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. The river rises near Francs Peak in the Absaroka Mountains in the southwest corner of the Big Horn Basin. The Wood River, which drains a part of the Absaroka Mountains to the south, joins it west of Meeteetse, continuing through the southern parts of Park County and Big Horn County before flowing into the Big Horn River near Greybull. Along its 90-mile corridor, water travels from snow-capped peaks in the Absaroka Mountains to sagebrush flats and prairie at its confluence with the Bighorn River.------------------------------------- > more
Clarks Fork Of The Yellowstone River • The Clarks Fork is a tributary of the Yellowstone River, flowing southeast through Montana, and Wyoming. It carves a path from the Beartooth Mountains in the north to the Absaroka Range this river is famous for its recreational opportunities and breath-taking views. It is in the northwest corner of Wyoming adjacent to Yellowstone National Park. Originating in the high mountain peaks close to the Montana/Wyoming border at the western end of the Beartooth All-American Road, The Upper Clarks Fork headwaters are near the town of Cooke City, Montana, some 12 miles north of the Wyoming border. The Upper Clark’s Fork of the Yellowstone River parallels the highway for seventeen breathtaking miles which facilitate easy access.-------------------------------------> more
Shoshone RiverThe Shoshone River is a northern Wyoming river whose headwaters are in Yellowstone National Park, and is a heavily traveled corridor for people visiting Yellowstone Park via the east entrance of Yellowstone. The Shoshone River here has been rated among the top ten freestone trout fisheries in the Rocky Mountains. Teddy Roosevelt once called the North Fork corridor the most scenic 50 miles of land in America. Cities it runs near or through are Cody, Powell, and Byron It ends when it runs into the Big Horn River near Lovell, Wyoming. The Shoshone River combines all the streams, rivers, and waterways to create the main eastern drainage of Yellowstone National Park. The scenic vistas of Red Rock Canyon and Lower Canyon are sure to have you looking back in time. It runs through a volcanically active region of fumaroles known as Coulter’s Hell. This contributed to the river being named on old maps of Wyoming as the Stinking Water River.----------------------------------------> More

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Idaho Rivers
Fly-fisherman John Renell fishing below Fall Creek Falls on the South Fork of the Snake River in Swan Valley Idaho South Fork of the Snake River • The South Fork of the Snake is in southeastern Idaho close to the Wyoming border. The South Fork begins as it flows out of 20 mile long Palisades Reservoir in the community of Swan Valley, forming a 64-mile stretch of legendary tail-water fly-fishing. The South Fork is also a beautiful river for flat water rafting, canoeing and kayaking. If you float this river in a canoe know what you are doing as it is big water and its flat-water appearance can fool you to its dangers. More.........
Henry's Fork of the Snake • The Henry's Fork of the Snake River, located in eastern Idaho, is one of the most famous trout streams in all of the United States. It's legendary hatches and abundant large wild rainbow trout make the Henry's Fork one of America's top fly-fishing destinations. The river flows for approximately 150 miles and within its journey passes some of the more classic dry fly water in the United States. Gentle flowing meadowland, pocket water, and spring creek like sections make up much of this legendary fishery made popular by Avril Harriman the railroad man. The Henry's Fork of the Snake is a spectacular river and fishery. Anglers come from all over the world to this river to fish its diverse and productive waters. More........
Fall River • Tucked in the southwest corner of Yellowstone National Park, the Falls River basin is truly a fisherman's and waterfall lover's paradise. The Fall River is aptly named because of the many waterfalls along its tributaries. This is the major river that drains the Cascade Corner, of Yellowstone Park. The four major streams in the Fall River drainage are the Belcher River, Boundary Creek, Mountain Ash creek and of course the Fall River. They begin on the Madison and Pitchstone plateaus and they carve canyons across Yellowstone Park's southwest corner. Some of Yellowstone's most beautiful waterfalls are in this area. As the runoff of many creeks drop off the Madison and Pitchstone Plateaus, many waterfalls are formed. With nearly 80 inches of annual precipitation, the Falls River drainage is one of the wettest portions of Yellowstone National Park. The Falls River is a backpacking, fisherman, and photographer's nirvana. More......
Teton River  • The Teton River begins its journey to the Columbia in the upper reaches of postcard perfect Teton Valley. Much of this mountain valley is pasture, grain and potato fields, and open range bordered by the forested hills of the Big Hole Mountains and the famous peaks of the Grand Teton Range. The rugged peaks of the Tetons and the forested hillsides of the Big Hole's stand in stark contrast to each other, this diversity adds character to the Teton River Valley. The upper Teton River is a meandering spring creek that is a fly-fishing nirvana. Huge rainbow and cutthroat trout live throughout the entire river. This is a dry fly paradise! Mayfly hatches are prolific and often there will be four or five different hatches at the same time. The Narrows (the lower Teton) has all the adrenaline rush attributes of any class IV and V whitewater river. The Teton River is a diverse waterway providing the gamut from tubing to world class whitewater and trout fishing. More......

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Blackfoot River

The Blackfoot River • The Blackfoot River offers good whitewater boating, fishing and wildlife viewing opportunities. A beautiful backcountry drive meanders along the rim of the gorge and offers views into the canyon and river below as well as the sage plateau of rolling hills with their sparse stands of aspen and conifer. Steep canyon cliffs, aspen and cottonwood trees support nesting golden eagles, prairie falcons and many others.

The river is named for the Blackfoot Indians even though they never lived in the area. It was first mapped by the Lewis and Clark expedition, how they did that is beyond me because Lewis and Clark never got to this part of Idaho...........More
Montana Rivers
The Yellowstone River • The Yellowstone River drainage hosts exceptional scenery and some of the most diverse wildlife on earth. You can see elk, bison, grizzlies, moose, majestic mountains, canyons and waterfalls. And is a world-renowned trout-fishing destination. It begins in the Teton Wilderness in northwest Wyoming’s rugged Absoraka Mountains 671 miles upstream from the confluence with the Missouri, from here the Yellowstone winds unencumbered by dams all the way to South Dakota's rolling prairies. The upper Yellowstone is pretty much as it always has been, and is being managed by Yellowstone Park and Montana Game and Fish for the welfare of the fish and wildlife that live around it. This has preserved one of the best trout rivers, outside of Alaska or Canada. Winding through Yellowstone Park and into Montana to the town of Big Timber, the famous trout water of the Yellowstone flows for nearly 250 miles. ..............More......
Gallatin River • The Gallatin River of southwestern Montana is a beautiful freestone trout stream that doubles as a whitewater adventure destination, it is an amazingly scenic The Gallatin is a well-known, easily accessible, and heavily fished, trout stream that, despite those pitfalls, offers three species of trout that eagerly take dry flies and nymphs in one of the most beautiful and rugged portions of Montana. The Gallatin has 120 miles of appealing trout water, including a delicate upper portion that flows through lush meadows, a roily middle section that cuts through a spectacular, heavily forested canyon, and a lower stretch that twists across a broad valley before meeting the Jefferson and Madison rivers at Three Forks. Parts of the movie A River Runs Through It were filmed on the Gallatin. The River winds through high alpine meadows, dropping into the rocky Gallatin Canyon, and flowing out into the Gallatin Valley. It is also known as a blue-ribbon trout water. It is a tremendous asset to the communities of Bozeman, Big Sky and West Yellowstone.--------------------------> More
Madison River • The legendary trout waters of the Madison River originate at Madison Junction inYellowstone National Park where the Gibbon and Firehole come together to form the Madison. It was here in late summer of 1870 in what is known as National Park Meadows that the Langford-Washburn-Doane expedition conceived making Yellowstone a national park. It's logical to think that the river's origin in the high plateau region of Yellowstone Park, which is notoriously cold, would keep the river cold, however, the Madison and its upper tributaries run right through the most thermally active region in the United States, the water temperature on most sections of the river is remarkably warm for a high mountain river, often more than seventy degrees in the summer. Despite its high, mountain environment, which usually leads to low nutrient content, the Madison has an amazingly high nutrient level fostering great fishing. ................... More

Large Brown Trout like this on are common on the upper Missouri River Missouri River isn't a Greater Yellowstone River in the sense that it is in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem however you can see it from there. The headwaters originate there and it forms at the edge of the  ecosystem in Three Forks Montana where the Madison River, The Gallatin River and the Jefferson River meet to form the Madison west of Bozeman Montana. The Missouri River runs for more than seven hundred miles in Montana, and for the angler contemplating a visit to Montana to fish the Missouri River, trying to figure out the best place to fish can seem overwhelming. Thankfully, this problem is easily solved. Only a couple of small sections of the Missouri River offer trout fishing, and only one section, between Holter Dam and Cascade, offers prime trout fishing waters. .............More
Ruby River • The Ruby River originates at the convergence of its East, West, and Middle Forks and runs in a northwesterly direction for 97 miles. In its upper section, the river flows through Beaverhead - Deerlodge National Forest between the Gravelly and Snowcrest mountain ranges. Fourteen miles downstream it veers gradually west to run alongside the Ruby Range and into Ruby River Reservoir, which was built in 1939 to store irrigation water. The upper basin’s grasslands, historically a summer range for American bison, bighorn sheep, pronghorns, and grizzly, are prone to erosion and mass wasting, leading to turbid water flows in the river. Below Ruby Reservoir the stream meanders past Alder and just west of Nevada and Virginia cities, three of Montana’s historic gold mining towns. The Ruby completes its last 45 miles below the Ruby River Dam in a wide, open agricultural valley and joins the Beaverhead River near Twin Bridges, Montana. Gravel roads which parallel the upper river allow excellent access. Hunting, camping, timber harvesting, and mining join fishing, and cattle and sheep grazing as traditional uses supported by the Ruby River............. More

Jefferson River Autumn Jefferson River • The Jefferson River originates at the junction of the Big Hole and Beaverhead rivers, near Twin Bridges, Montana, and runs northeasterly 77 miles to Three Forks, where it joins the Madison and Gallatin rivers to form the Missouri River. In its upper reach, the Jefferson meanders widely through a grassy valley between the Continental Divide on the west and the Tobacco Root Mountains on the east. Near Whitehall, approximately halfway along its course, the Jefferson turns east away from the mountains. It cuts deeply through a high, semi-arid plain to flow past rocky cliffs, sagebrush, and native grasses. From its confluence with the Boulder River near Cardwell to Missouri Headwaters State Park, the Jefferson is primarily confined to a single channel, except near Three Forks. There it braids, forming many islands and side channels in a rich bottomland........... More

Beaverhead River • Although originally formed at the confluence of the Red Rock River and Horse Prairie Creek, the Beaverhead River now begins its 69-mile-long journey at the outlet of Clark Canyon Reservoir, an irrigation storage facility constructed in 1964. It joins the Big Hole River at Twin Bridges, Montana, to form the Jefferson River. The river above Dillon is characterized by a tight channel meandering through densely covered willow banks. From Dillon, it flows through a broad open agricultural valley for 50 miles before reaching Twin Bridges. Its channel is restricted through a narrow canyon during part of its lower journey near Point of Rocks. The water in the Beaverhead River is comparatively cold, except in areas subject to dewatering, mainly located in the lower river. Fish cover primarily consists of submerged and overhanging bank vegetation, undercuts and long, deep pools............ More
Smith River • Noted for its spectacular scenery and blue-ribbon trout fishery, the Smith River is unique in that it has only one public put-in and one public take-out for the entire 59-mile segment of river. Boat camps located along the remote river canyon help preserve the unique quality of this area. The Smith River between Camp Baker and Eden Bridge is the only river corridor managed by Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks as a permitted river. Permits for private floats on the Smith River are allocated to the public via a lottery system prior to the spring season. Permit applications are typically available the first week of January each year, with an application deadline of mid-February........... More
Boulder River Autumn Boulder River • The Boulder River is one of the most beautiful fly-fishing rivers in Montana, a tumbling, freestone tributary of the Yellowstone that holds some impressive brown and rainbow trout. It is approximately 60-mies long, in south central Montana. Access is excellent - just pull off the side of the road and go. It is one of two rivers named the Boulder River in Montana. It originates in the Absaroka Beartooth Wilderness just north of Yellowstone Park and flows north to its confluence with the Yellowstone River at Big Timber.  From where the Boulder River begins, at the confluence of South Fork Boulder River and Basin Creek, the river runs through a narrow and small valley, flanked on all sides by the towering Absaroka Mountains and the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness Area..............More
The Big Hole River • As most Montana rivers, it has many personalities throughout its course; the source of the main stem Big Hole River is Skinner Lake in the Beaverhead National Forest in the Beaverhead Mountains of the Bitterroot Range at the Continental Divide along the Montana-Idaho border in western Beaverhead County. This river drops 2,700 vertical feet over its 150-mile course, and includes high-mountain meadows, open cattle range, pine forests, deep tumbling canyons, and riparian cottonwood habitat; forgivingly Human population is sparse. From canyon walls to meandering farmlands the Big Hole River changes its face around every corner. -------------------------------------> More

Stillwater River • The Stillwater River is a tributary of the Yellowstone River, approximately 70 miles long, in southern Montana in the United States.It rises in the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness south of the Beartooth Mountains in southern Park County, near the state line with Wyoming and the boundary of Yellowstone National Park. It flows northeast, between the Absaroka Range to the west and the Beartooth Mountains to the east, through Custer National Forest, past Nye and Absarokee. It joins the Yellowstone near Columbus, Montana.----------------->More



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Yellowstone Lake reflection, Mt Sheridan, Yellowstone Natonal Park
Mt Sheridan reflection in Yellwostone Lake and sunrise

Yellowstone Lake • In the heart of Yellowstone Park is a giant blue gem called Yellowstone Lake, not a very imaginative name, but appropriate. Yellowstone Lake is the largest lake at high elevation (i.e., more than 7,000 ft.) in North America with a surface area of about 84,000 acres of 132 square miles; it is a natural lake, situated at 7,733 ft above sea level. To the east of Yellowstone Lake are the snow-capped peaks of the Absaroka Mountain Range and to the north the Beartooth Mountains grace the skyline; its kind of like Lake Tahoe except with geysers on its beaches. The Yellowstone Lake is a beautiful, clear and deep, body of water. In the center of our countryÍs first National Park.

Lewis Lake • Lewis Lake is located north of the South Entrance of Yellowstone National Park and offers boating, canoeing, sea kayaking, hiking and fishing. Lewis Lake is the third largest lake in Yellowstone and is the jump off point for canoe trips to Shoshone Lake, a backcountry lake. Lewis Lake is a great day trip canoe or sea kayak destination small enough to circumnavigate in a day yet large enough to take the full day. Lewis Lake is 7,779 feet above sea level and is 108 feet deep. There's roadside access, as well as a boat-launching ramp an important element since best fishing results often result from a boat

Heart Lake • Millions of people visit Yellowstone National Park each year and less than 1% of those millions really get tosee the park. What do I mean? The backcountry of course—the backcountry is Yellowstone at its wildest. Most people would rather stay in their hotel or RV and see all the sights that everyone else sees, which I may add are worth viewing (like Old Fathful, Yellowstone Canyon, etc). However, a few unique people want to see the park in a way the majority of visitors don’t. This is where the work comes in. Heart Lake of Yellowstone National Park is located near the south park entrance off of the West Thumb Rd. However, you’ll only find a trailhead there, no roads, so don’t plan on making a quick stop at this lake and moving on. This lake is only accessible by foot or horse and takes the good part of a day to reach.

Trout Lake, Yellowstone National Park
Hikers, Trout Lake, Yellowstone National Park

Trout Lake (Yellowstone) • This serene and beautiful lake is accessible via a short hike through the forest. It is a steep 1/2-mile trail through a Douglas fir forest leads to the lake. Trout lake sits in a depression on a high bench above the Soda Butte Creek Canyon south of Cooke City. Formerly known as Fish Lake and Soda Butte Lake this 12-acre gem is a popular backcountry lake for hikers and anglers. --------------> more

Shoshone Lake • Resting at nearly 7,800 feet, Shoshone Lake often isn't ice-free until mid-June. The water temperature is only slightly above freezing. As on Lewis Lake, a west wind blows the length of Shoshone most afternoons. Within a matter of minutes, "it's not uncommon to get waves up to four feet," said Justin Ivary, current backcountry ranger. He and other rangers recommend crossing Shoshone Lake only at the Narrows, where the distance across is pinched to about half a mile (compared to four miles at the lake's widest spots). But even that precaution doesn't assure safety if the wind is howling; backcountry ranger Ryan Weltman lost his life at the Narrows on July 3, 1988.

Grand Teton Park
Jackson Lake  Reflecton
Jackson Lake Grand Tetons, Grand Teton National Park

Jackson Lake • Far below the sky scrapping granite peaks of the picturesque Grand Teton Mountain Range, not far from the source of the mighty Snake River lies what appears as a divinely inspired accent to an already perfect alpine landscape; Jackson Lake. Jackson Lake is 18 miles long, and averages 4 miles wide and encompasses 40 square miles. The elevation of the lake is 6,750 feet above sea level, and the Grand Tetons that tower above reach 13,770 feet, 7,020 feet above the water. Jackson Lake is 445 feet deep; filling a depression scooped out of the ground by an Ice Age glacier. Jackson Lake is the biggest of the Grand Tetons seven morainal lakes that grace the base of the Teton Range like a pearl necklace.

Jenny Lake reflction, grand tetons, grand teton national park, jackson hole, wyoming
The Grand Tetons cast a fantastic in the calm waters of Jenny Lake in Grand Teton National Park

Jenny Lake • enny Lake, formed by melting glaciers about 60,000 years ago, is a beautiful blue mountain lake set in the heart of Grand Teton National Park, at the base of Teewinot Mountain. On the west side, the lake touches the Teton Mountain Range. The lake is about 260 feet deep at the deepest point. Jenny Lake is the starting point for numerous hiking trails in the area, including Inspiration Point and Hidden Falls. There is a 6.6-mile long trail that winds around the entire lake.

Leigh Lake • Leigh Lake is located in Grand Teton National Park, in the U. S. state of Wyoming. The Grand Tetons loom over this 1,229-acre lake. Sandy beaches and swallow water dominate the eastern shore. The natural lake is 2 miles wide and slightly longer in length from north to south. Situated just southeast of Mount Moran. Leigh Lake provides sweeping views of the Grand Tetons and often reflect the peaks in its waters doubling the beauty of the area.

Lake Solitude, Grand Tetons, hiking, Grand Teton National Park
Lake Solitude high in the Grand Tetons of Grand Teton National Park

Phelps Lake • Tucked at the base of the imposing serrated peaks of the Grand Teton Mountain Range in Grand Teton Park lies Phelps Lake that once served as a centerpiece of the Rockefeller family retreat. Here, elk wander through sagebrush meadows, bald eagles fish for cutthroat trout, and marmots sunbathe on rocks alongside peaceful, meandering trails. Phelps Lake is a gorgeous; it is the sixth largest lake in Grand Teton National Park and is set right at the base of the Teton Range, left behind by the glacier that formed Death Canyon. The water of Phelps Lake is so clear you can count the rocks beneath the water's surface for as far as your eyes can focus. The lake sits at the base of the towering mountains and the mouth of Death Canyon. Phelps Lake sits at 6,633 feet above sea level, so the elevation gain to the lake is modest.

Bradley Lake • Bradley Lake is a contributor to the stunning beauty of Grand Teton Park; it sits like a jewel at the foot of the serrated peaks of the Grand Tetons. A stream feeds it from Garnet Canyon, one of the major valleys of the Tetons originating from a glacier next to Middle Teton, 5,000 feet above. Both Bradley Lake (7,022 feet) and Taggart Lake (6,902 feet) a few hundred yards away were named for members of the Hayden Survey party of 1872. Bradley Lake has 60 surface acres of water. Glaciers flowing from the Teton Range formed each. A glacier from Avalanche Canyon filled Taggart Lake and a glacier from Garnet Canyon filled Bradley Lake.

Lake Solitude • Lake Solitude is a picture perfect alpine lake that graces the high country of the Grand Teton mountain range. Lake Solitude, at an elevation of 9,035-feet is at the head of the North Fork of Cascade Canyon, a canyon that provides a stunning journey while traveling to Solitude. It is the largest lake in the park that is only accessible by trail. The views from its shores of the back side of Grand Teton, Mount Owen, and Teewinot Mountain, collectively known as the Cathedral Group certainly makes the effort of getting there worth it; this is the best of Grand Teton scenery. Speaking from the heart of a photographer, the scene looking from the north side of the lake south to the Grand Teton is one of the most photogenic scenes I have ever set may camera upon.

Hyalite Reservior in the Gallatin Mountains south of Bozeman Montana.
Hyalite Reservior in the Gallatin Mountains south of Bozeman Montana.
Hyalite Reservoir • Scenic Hyalite Reservoir is a 206 acre impoundment located about 12 miles south of Bozeman, Montana. A two laned paved Forest Road No. 62 ends at the dam. This road is not plowed during the winter, restricting access to 4-wheel drive vehicles and snow machines. Yellowstone cutthroat, arctic grayling, and brook trout provide many angler days throughout the year, including a very popular ice fishery.................Ice out typically occurs in May with float tubers and bank anglers fishing the receding edge of the ice and the open water around inlet streams........................Fishing at Hyalite Reservoir As water temperatures warm throughout the spring and summer use of this reservoir by boaters and canoeist steadily increases until Labor Day weekend. The bulk of the fishing activity during late spring and summer is concentrated in the morning and evening hours by local residents. Fly fishing from float tubes vertical jig fishing, and bait fishing are the most popular methods during this time period. A no wake rule is in effect for motorized craft on Hyalite Reservoir.
Green River Lake, fly-fisherman, wind river mountains, pinedale wyoming
Green River Lakes and Squaretop Mountain of the Wind River Mountains north of Pinedale Wyoming

Fremont Lake • It should come as no surprise that Fremont Lake is the recreational hub of Sublette County's Pinedale area. Only 3.2 miles from Pinedale, this stunningly beautiful, pristine and mostly undeveloped destination offers easy access to outdoor activities summer and winter and is a focal point for popular annual events. Fremont Lake is Pinedale's municipal water supply and provides irrigation water and fish habitat for many miles downstream. Conscientious use of the lake by recreationists helps keep this rare resource clean.

Half Moon Lake • Half Moon Lake, 10 miles from Pinedale, hides in a forested pocket behind the imposing ridge of Half Moon Mountain, just northeast of the town. A commercial resort as well as Bridger-Teton National Forest facilities offer a wide range of recreational opportunities in this intimate and scenic setting.

Green River Lakes • Green River Lakes is one of Sublette County's most scenic and popular destinations accessible by car. Located in the Bridger Wilderness of the Bridger-Teton National Forest, the lakes are 52 miles north of Pinedale in the northern Wind River Range. The lakes are considered the source of the Green River, a major tributary of the great, Jackson Hole Wyoming, Idaho Falls Idaho, Cody Wyoming, Island Park Idaho, Wind River Valley, Swan Valley, Star Valley, Teton Valley, Yellowstone Park, Grand Teto Colorado River system. Like many of the larger lakes on this side of the Winds, Green River Lakes were scoured out by glacial action, then sealed off by an end-moraine dam.

Newfork Lakes • Want to get away to a remote, beautiful mountain lake, but don't want to drive too far from Pinedale? New Fork Lake, nestled at the base of the rugged Wind River Mountains, offers extensive recreational opportunities and facilities similar to Green River Lakes, but is only 24 miles from Pinedale. There are several Bridger-Teton Forest Service campgrounds with a variety of facilities, as well as dispersed recreation sites. The reservable large group area is an ideal place for outdoor weddings and family reunions.

Boulder Lake •

Wind River Valley
Brooks Lake, Pinnacle Peak, Absaroka Mountains, Dubois Wyoming
Brooks Lake and Pinnacle Peak high in the Absoraka Mountains near Dubois Wyoming

Boysen Reservoir • The Boysen Reservoir can be found on the Boysen USGS quad topo map. Boysen Reservoir is a reservoir in Fremont County in the state of Wyoming. The latitude and longitude coordinates for this reservoir are 43.4166, -108.1759 and the altitude is 4797 feet (1462 meters).

Brooks Lake • Brooks Lake can be found on the Togwotee Pass USGS quad topo map. Brooks Lake is a lake in Fremont County in the state of Wyoming. The latitude and longitude coordinates for this lake are 43.7566, -110.0016 and the altitude is 9055 feet (2760 meters).

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Ring Lake •

Swan Valley
Fall colors aspen and mountain maple reflection in the water of Palisades Reservior
Fall colors aspen and mountain maple reflection in the water of Palisades Reservior

Palisades Reservoir • Palisades Reservoir is a picturesque body of water in eastern Idaho on U.S. Highway 26 near the Idaho & Wyoming border and about 25 miles west of Jackson Hole Wyoming. The reservoir is nestled between the Snake River Range and the Caribou Range and is a beautiful setting where wildlife thrives in abundance. The drive between Star Valley Wyoming and Swan Valley Idaho along Palisades Lake is a treat for the visitor and a treasure for the resident. Access to t Palisades Reservoir, for both shore and boat anglers, is best on the northwest side, along U.S. route 26.

Upper Palisades Lake • Upper Palisades Lake was formed when agiant landslide came down the canyon and dammed the creek. Palisades Canyon is thickly forested with fir, aspen and willow. It is a canon of steep magnificent cliffs. Upper Palisades Lake is in a beautiful valley surrounded by forest and is a great place for camping. As one of the main spawning tributaries for the South Fork of the Snake River. Palisades Creek is teaming with native cutthroat trout even long after the spawn is over. Upper Palisades Lake provides good fishing also. Moose frequent the area as well as elk, deer and mountain goats, there are plenty of bear and mountain lions but it is rare to see them. If you scan the mountain walls you may see mountain goats if you get lucky. I've gotten lucky many times.

Lower Palisades Lake • The four mile hike up to Lower Palisades Lake provide some of the best mountain views in the Swan Valley region. Palisades Creek Trail is well maintained and can be used only by hikers, backpackers or horses as it is in the Palisades wilderness study area. Lower Palisades Lake was formed when a giant landslide came down the canyon and dammed the creek. Palisades Canyon is thickly forested with fir, aspen and willow. It is a canon of steep magnificent cliffs. The Lower Palisades Lake is much smaller than the Upper Palisades Lake and because of its proximity receives most of the traffic. Lower Palisades Lake provides good fishing also.

West Yellowstone
Quake Lake west of West Yellowstone Montana
Quake Lake west of West Yellowstone Montana

Quake Lake • Quake Lake (also known as Earthquake Lake) is a lake in southwestern Montana, United States. It was created after a massive earthquake struck on August 17, 1959. Today, Quake Lake is 190 feet (58 m) deep and six miles (10 km) long. US 287 follows the lake and offers glimpses of the effects of the earthquake and landslide and allows access to a visitor center. The lake is mostly within Gallatin National Forest.

Hebgen Lake • Hebgen Lake is a lake located in Southwest Montana. It is well known for an earthquake which occurred nearby on August 17, 1959, forming Quake Lake which is located immediately downstream.

Wade Lake and Cliff Lake • Wade Lake is in a forested canyon among firs, pines and aspens at 6,300 feet. Along with Cliff Lake, located a quarter mile away, these lakes are part of the Hidden Lake chain of lakes in the Beaverhead - Deerlodge National Forest. Designated as a Montana Wildlife Viewing Site, the lakes are an exceptional area. Some area residents include: moose, deer, antelope, black bear, otter, beaver, and bobcat. Both the serious and casual birder will be astounded by the quantity and quality of birding opportunities. Bald eagles and osprey nest on the lakes. Watch the branches of old growth firs for great gray owls or look to the skies, shorelines and lakes to see sandhill cranes, hawks and trumpeter swans. All seasons are good for viewing, but in winter Wade Lake stays partially ice-free, providing excellent habitat for wildlife and waterfowl.

Buffalo Bill Reservior, Cody Wyoming
Buffalo Bill Reservior, Cody Wyoming
Buffalo Bill Dam and Reservoir • Mountains dominate the scenery at Buffalo Bill State Park. Shoshone Canyon, the location of the dam, is framed by Rattlesnake Mountain to the north and Cedar Mountain (also known as Spirit Mountain) to the south. Further west, along the north shoreline, lies Logan Mountain. The north and south forks of the Shoshone River are divided by Sheep Mountain while prominent on the southern skyline is Carter Mountain. All are part of the Rocky Mountain Absaroka Range. Elevations vary from approximately 5,400 feet in the state park to over 10,000 feet in the Absarokas. The northern sector of Wyoming is world famous for its outdoor recreation resources. Yellowstone National Park, the world's first national park, was established in 1872 and annually hosts over 3 million visitors who come to enjoy the park's fishing, camping, wildlife, geothermal features, and other natural wonders. Grand Teton National Park, located just south of Yellowstone, is well known for its spectacular mountain range and associated outdoor recreation opportunities. Other resources in the region include Shoshone National Forest, Bridger-Teton National Forest, the Shoshone and Big Horn rivers, and Big Horn Canyon National Recreation Area. These resources, together with Buffalo Bill State Park, offer unparalleled recreational and cultural opportunities.
Star Valley

Murphy Lake
Murphy Lake
Cottonwood LakeA shiny gem of the Salt River Range is Cottonwood Lake elevation of 7,000 feet, not far from Afton Wyoming. In 1890, a hunter, Carl Schwab was following a wounded elk up the east end of the canyon. He saw something shining through the trees. To his surprise, he found a beautiful lake.

Palisades Reservoir • This Lake stretches from Swan Valley to Alpine and is described in the Swan Valley section above.

Murphy LakeMurphy Lake is a little moraine lake on the east side of the Salt River Range up the Greys River Road accessed from Alpine Wyoming.

Island Park
Old barn, thunderstorm, Henrys Lake, Island Park, Idaho
Henry's Lake, Island Park Idaho

Island Park Reservoir • Island Park is actually the world's largest crater, 23 miles in diameter, created from a volcano which collapsed in prehistoric times. Now covered in a dense forest of pine and wildflowers, it is a mecca for hiking & fishing in summer and cross-country skiing & snowmobiling in winter. The 7000-acre reservoir is popular for fishing summer and winter. Anglers catch rainbow, brook and cutthroat trout, kokanee, and whitefish. Fuel, parking, docks and camp sites are all available.

Henrys Lake • This legendary fishery is a high mountain lake nestled between, the Centennial Mountains and the HenryÍs Lake Mountains, is fed by numerous small streams and springs and is the kind of place fishermen dream about. HenryÍs Lake is 4.5 miles long by 3.5 miles wide and is a relatively shallow lake, only about 25 feet in the deepest spot. The shallow water and heavy weed growth make Henry's Lake a fly fisher's dream. Henrys Lake is probably the finest fly-fishing lake in Idaho. Much of its water comes from springs, and the lakeÍs rich aquatic growth provides tremendous nourishment for fish. Like Jackson Lake, HenryÍs Lake is a natural lake that was tripled in size by a dam. HenryÍs Lake State Park, the Lake, and the world famous HenryÍs Fork Rivers that starts from the lake are all named after explorer Major Andrew Henry, a famous trapper and mountain man.


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