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Wyoming whitewater, Yellowstone River

Park county, Tower Jct. to Gardiner section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS III-V     20 miles
It is illegal to float this section of river within YNP. Says Jim

Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in Wyoming are harder than the national norm, so keep in mind that rivers here are less forgiving. The beautiful scenery of Wyoming and the cool fresh water are in themselves reasons enough to come here to paddle. The starting location is a short drive from Bozeman, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so
    you won’t get lost. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, this area has a large number of paddling places. Getting some good exercise and just being out on the river for a while are great
reasons to come. There are campgrounds quite near the river where you can camp. This section is long enough for an overnight trip if you take your time, so why not pack your camping stuff too. The Tower Jct. to Gardiner section of Yellowstone River in Wyoming is 20 miles long and is a class III-V section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, and if you make reservations in advance  
you're all set. Whitewater paddling here in the Absaroka Range is a great experience. The Tower Jct. to Gardiner section is one of a few paddling sections in this river system.

Briefly about the general area:
Good hiking is available along the Lower Blacktail Trail, and if you have the time, Yellowstone National Park is a national park worth taking a look at. Now, you may assume that's loads but there's even more exciting stuff to do here in the Absaroka Range. While you're here at Yellowstone River you will meet lots of folks from nearby Yellowstone National Park. A spree to Yellowstone River wouldn’t be complete without a visit to close by Gallatin National Forest.

Yellowstone River, Tower Jct. to Gardiner 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 Yellowstone River.
 Whitewater Near Yellowstone River:
Yellowstone River, Park County, 11 miles away
      Class III-V - 20 miles long (Tower Jct. to Gardiner)
Whitewater Outfitter - Yellowstone Raft, Park County, 11 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Whitewater Outfitter - Flying Pig Camp Store, Park County, 11 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Whitewater Outfitter - Montana Whitewater Rafting, Park County, 11 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Whitewater Outfitter - Wild West Rafting, Park County, 11 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Yellowstone River, Park County, 21 miles away
      Class I-III - 4 miles long (Gardiner to Miner)
Mulherin Creek, Park County, 23 miles away
      Class II-III - 9 miles long (Yellowstone National Park to Yellowstone River)
Boulder River, Sweet Grass / Park County, 28 miles away
      Class III-V - 4 miles long (Fourmile to Speculator Creek)
 Ski Areas Near Yellowstone River:
Bridger Bowl, Montana , 47 miles away, 2600 foot drop, 8 lifts, 71 runs
Big Sky, Montana , 61 miles away, 4350 foot drop, 17 lifts, 150 runs
Moonlight Basin, Montana , 63 miles away, 4166 foot drop, 7 lifts, 97 runs
Grand Targhee, Wyoming , 64 miles away, 2212 foot drop, 5 lifts, 74 runs
Jackson Hole, Wyoming , 70 miles away, 4139 foot drop, 11 lifts, 116 runs
Snow King, Wyoming , 75 miles away, 1571 foot drop, 5 lifts, 16 runs
Red Lodge Mountain, Montana , 85 miles away, 2400 foot drop, 8 lifts, 70 runs
Showdown, Montana , 92 miles away, 1400 foot drop, 4 lifts, 34 runs
Kelly Canyon, Idaho , 99 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 5 lifts, 26 runs
 Hotels Near Yellowstone River:
Yellowstone Mountain Cabins, Gardiner , 7 miles away
Yellowstone Victorian Inn, Gardiner , 11 miles away
Yellowstone Condo Suites, Gardiner , 11 miles away
Yellowstone River Cabins, Gardiner , 11 miles away
Absaroka Lodge, Gardiner , 11 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Yellowstone River:
Lava Creek Campgrounds, Park County, 6 miles away
Timber Camp, Gardiner, 7 miles away
Bear Creek, Gardiner, 7 miles away
 Public Lands Near Yellowstone River:
Yellowstone National Park, Yellowstone National Park - WY , 9 miles away
Grand Teton National Park, Moose - WY , 68 miles away
Gallatin National Forest, Montana , 12 miles away
Custer National Forest, Montana , 23 miles away
Natural Bridge State Park, Montana , 38 miles away

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