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Wyoming whitewater, Shell Creek

Big Horn county, Cabin Creek to Forest Service boundary section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II-V     11 miles
Shell Creek is a very hard, dangerous kayak run with multiple blind corners and waterfalls. Says Nathan Johnson

The natural beauty of Big Horn County and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream will make you feel great. The put-in is not too far from Sheridan, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. If you've been whitewater rafting and kayaking outside this state you might
    find the rivers here a bit more challenging, so you'd better keep in mind that quite a few of the sections here are not easy. This stretch of Shell Creek in Wyoming is 11 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater
to be a class II-V section. This stretch is long enough for an overnight trip if you take your time, so why not pack your camp stove too. Getting a good workout and just hanging out with mother nature have people coming from far and near. When you're paddling down a Bighorn Mountains river like this one you always get great scenery along the way too. And of course, there are campgrounds nearby. This river system has a few good paddling  
sections and the Cabin Creek to Forest Service boundary section is one of them. No matter if you're whitewater rafting or kayaking there are not so many other good places for that around here. 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.

Briefly about the general area:
Have a magnificent hiking adventure along the Dry Horse Trail; the beauty of mother nature reveals herself at Barrel Spring. And that's not everything you can do here in the Bighorn Mountains.

Shell Creek, Cabin Creek to Forest Service boundary road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


Detailed Map

Stats for this river stretch

Local weather forecast

These outdoors activities are available near Shell Creek.
 Whitewater Near Shell Creek:
Shell Creek, Big Horn County, 6 miles away
      Class II-V - 11 miles long (Cabin Creek to Forest Service boundary)
Paintrock Creek, -blank- County, 21 miles away
      Class V+ - 12 miles long (North Fork to Valley floor)
Tongue River, Sheridan County, 22 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 2.34 miles long (Sheep Creek to Tongue Canyon trailhead)
 Ski Areas Near Shell Creek:
Antelope Butte, Wyoming , 27 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 3 lifts, 18 runs
Big Horn, Wyoming , 35 miles away, 800 foot drop, 3 lifts, 20 runs
 Hotels Near Shell Creek:
Comfort Inn Worland, Worland , 33 miles away
Days Inn Worland, Worland , 35 miles away
Best Western Sheridan Center, Sheridan , 49 miles away
Alamo Motel, Sheridan , 49 miles away
Super 8 Sheridan, Sheridan , 49 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Shell Creek:
Granite Creek Campground, Big Horn County, 6 miles away
Cabin Creek Trailer Campground - Bighorn National Forest, Sheridan, 7 miles away
Shell Creek Campground, Big Horn County, 8 miles away
 Trails Near Shell Creek:
Bench Trail, Big Horn , 4 miles away
Dry Horse Trail, Big Horn , 6 miles away
Elkhorn Trail, Big Horn , 7 miles away
Adelaide Trail, Big Horn , 11 miles away
Dry Fork Trail, Sheridan , 14 miles away
 Public Lands Near Shell Creek:
Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area, Fort Smith - MT , 38 miles away
Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument, Crow Agency - MT , 55 miles away
Bighorn National Forest, Wyoming , 29 miles away
 Lakes Near Shell Creek
Adelaide Lake, Big Horn , 17 miles away

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