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Wyoming whitewater, Tensleep Creek

Washakie county, Highway 16 to Bottom of Switchbacks section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS V+     2.4 miles
  The starting location is a reasonable drive from Sheridan, as you can see on the road map further down. This section of Tensleep Creek is 2.4 miles long and is a class V+ section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. This is one of a small number of paddling sections in this river system, there are a few others too. You can pitch a tent or park your RV at a nearby campground. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in Wyoming is often more difficult
    than elsewhere, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that a lot of the rivers here are not suitable for beginners. There arenít any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem
but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination. This stretch is short so better bring some good walking shoes. A bit of exercise and just hanging out with mother nature are great attractions for lots of people. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking around here you won't find a large number of other spots. The nature scenery of Wyoming and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water are reasons enough  
to come here and paddle. The Bighorn Mountains scenery is wonderful.

Briefly about the general area:
Hiking is a popular thing to do around Tensleep Creek; Mistymoon Trail is a nice local trail. The skiing at Big Horn is great; the Main Paint Rock Trail offers hiking at its best. This is a really good river. Not much precipitation falls here at Tensleep Creek. For the duration of the month of June you get the most rain around here, and February meanwhile is the driest month. For the duration of the months of summer at Tensleep Creek highs are usually in the 60's. Through the moonlight hours it's regularly in the 30's.

Tensleep Creek, Highway 16 to Bottom of Switchbacks 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 Tensleep Creek.
 Whitewater Near Tensleep Creek:
Tensleep Creek, Washakie County, 1 miles away
      Class V+ - 2.4 miles long (Highway 16 to Bottom of Switchbacks)
Paintrock Creek, -blank- County, 14 miles away
      Class V+ - 12 miles long (North Fork to Valley floor)
Powder River - North Fork, Johnson County, 15 miles away
      Class III-V - 6 miles long (Hazelton Road to Mayoworth Road)
Powder River - Middle Fork, Washakie Johnson County, 28 miles away
      Class II-V - 12 miles long (Forest Service Road bridge Close to county line to Highway 190)
Shell Creek, Big Horn County, 30 miles away
      Class II-V - 11 miles long (Cabin Creek to Forest Service boundary)
 Ski Areas Near Tensleep Creek:
Big Horn, Wyoming , 3 miles away, 800 foot drop, 3 lifts, 20 runs
Antelope Butte, Wyoming , 37 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 3 lifts, 18 runs
 Hotels Near Tensleep Creek:
Days Inn Sheridan, Sheridan , 39 miles away
Fairfield Inn & Suites Sheridan, Sheridan , 39 miles away
Holiday Inn SHERIDAN-CONVENTION CENTER, Sheridan , 39 miles away
Quality Inn Sheridan, Sheridan , 39 miles away
Candlewood Suites SHERIDAN, Sheridan , 39 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Tensleep Creek:
Boulder Park Campground, -blank-, 2 miles away
Lake Point Campground, Big Horn County, 3 miles away
Willow Park Group, Ten Sleep, 3 miles away
 Trails Near Tensleep Creek:
Mistymoon Trail, Big Horn , 9 miles away
Main Paint Rock Trail, Big Horn , 13 miles away
Kinky White Trail, Big Horn , 14 miles away
North High Park Trail, Big Horn , 15 miles away
Cliff Lake Trail, Big Horn , 15 miles away
 Public Lands Near Tensleep Creek:
Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area, Fort Smith - MT , 70 miles away
Bighorn National Forest, Wyoming , 20 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Tensleep Creek:
Canyon Valley Resort, Ten Sleep , 12 miles away
 Lakes Near Tensleep Creek
Meadowlark Lake, Big Horn , 3 miles away
East Tensleep Lake, Big Horn , 8 miles away

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