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Wyoming whitewater, Clarks Fork Yellowstone River

Park county, Upper section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS III-V     4.2 miles
  The wonderful Park County scenery and the playfulness of the water make the trip here worthwhile. If you're coming from Billings it's not a long drive at all to the put-in location, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. The Upper section of Clarks Fork Yellowstone River in Wyoming is 4.2 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class III-V section. On this section you do get some distance, good for a one
    day paddling trip. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way in this general area you'll find lots of paddling places. The average whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be a bit harder to
master in this state than those in other states, so keep in mind that the rivers in this state are less manageable. Not too many hotels nearby, you'll have to drive a bit to get to one, and if you make reservations in advance you're all set. This is not the only paddling stretch in this river system, there are others too. The beauty of the Absaroka Range is a great plus for this river. You can pitch a tent or park your RV at a nearby campground.  
A good workout and spending some quality time in nature will have you coming back for more.

Briefly about the general area:
On a magnificent day at Clarks Fork Yellowstone River you can take a hike along the Crandall Cutoff Trail, and there is a magnificent hiking trail close by called the Squaw Creek Trail. If you have a thing about the outdoors you'll have a thing about it here in the Absaroka Range. Clarks Fork Yellowstone River gets a common amount of yearly precipitation. Most of the rain falls through June while October is typically the driest month. At Clarks Fork Yellowstone River through the summer months highs are in the 70's.

Clarks Fork Yellowstone River, Upper road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.

   

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OUTDOORS
These outdoors activities are available near Clarks Fork Yellowstone River.
 Whitewater Near Clarks Fork Yellowstone River:
Clarks Fork Yellowstone River, Park County, 2 miles away
      Class III-V - 4.2 miles long (Upper)
Clarks Fork Yellowstone River, Park County, 2 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 2.6 miles long (Honeymoon)
Clarks Fork Yellowstone River, Park County, 2 miles away
      Class V+ - 22.9 miles long (Box)
Crandall Creek, Park County, 3 miles away
      Class III-V - 4 miles long (Trailhead to Clarks Fork Yellowstone Rail Road)
Clarks Fork Yellowstone River, Park County County, 13 miles away
      Class V+ - 4.5 miles long (Stix and Stones)
Rosebud Creek - East, Carbon County, 16 miles away
      Class IV-V - 6 miles long (Lake to Sand Dunes Campground)
Clarks Fork Yellowstone, Park County, 17 miles away
      Class IV - 3 miles long (Trailhead to State line)
Rosebud Creek - West, Stillwater County, 18 miles away
      Class III-IV+(V) - 3 miles long (Emerald Lake to Pine Grove Campground)
Rock Creek, Carbon County, 22 miles away
      Class II-IV - 10 miles long (Lake Fork to Red Lodge)
Clarks Fork Yellowstone River, Park County, 23 miles away
      Class III-V - 3 miles long (Lower)
 Ski Areas Near Clarks Fork Yellowstone River:
Red Lodge Mountain, Montana , 27 miles away, 2400 foot drop, 8 lifts, 70 runs
White Pine, Wyoming , 94 miles away, 1100 foot drop, 3 lifts, 25 runs
Bridger Bowl, Montana , 96 miles away, 2600 foot drop, 8 lifts, 71 runs
 Hotels Near Clarks Fork Yellowstone River:
Ute Bluff Lodge, South Fork , 29 miles away
Yodeler Motel, Red Lodge , 32 miles away
Comfort Inn Red Lodge, Red Lodge , 33 miles away
The Cody Hotel, Cody , 43 miles away
Cody Cowboy Village, Cody , 43 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Clarks Fork Yellowstone River:
Hunter Peak Campground, Park County, 1 miles away
Lake Creek Campground, Park County, 3 miles away
Lake Creek, Cooke City, 3 miles away
 Trails Near Clarks Fork Yellowstone River:
Crandall Cutoff Trail, Park , 2 miles away
Squaw Creek Trail, Park , 4 miles away
Granite Loop Trail, Park , 4 miles away
Clay Butte Trail, Park , 4 miles away
Upper Granite Loop Trail, Park , 5 miles away
 Public Lands Near Clarks Fork Yellowstone River:
Buffalo Bill State Park, Wyoming , 35 miles away
 Lakes Near Clarks Fork Yellowstone River
Black Canyon Lake, Carbon , 13 miles away

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