The World-Renowned Yellowstone River!
About the Yellowstone River
The Yellowstone River is the longest free-flowing river in the lower 48 states, over 900 miles long. The river emerges high in the mountains of Yellowstone National Park and traverses north into Montana through the pristine Paradise Valley. It meanders some 600 miles before joining the Missouri River in North Dakota. The Yellowstone River forms notable landmarks such as Yellowstone Lake and the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone as it flows through Yellowstone National Park.
Montana's premier river, the Yellowstone is steeped in history. Mountain men and explorers such as Jim Bridger, Lewis and Clark, John Colter, Jedediah Smith navigated the Yellowstone River deep into the wilderness. As the West was settled the Yellowstone River became a passageway for trappers, miners, soldiers, and homesteaders.
The Yellowstone River has long been known for its abundant wildlife and unsurpassed trout fishing. The pastoral Paradise Valley between Gardiner and Livingston, Montana sustains trout populations of 500 fish per 1,000 feet of river! Cold mountain run-off forms crystal clear pools and distinct aquatic features allowing trout to thrive. Conservation and catch-and-release programs have helped maintain a healthy fish population.
The whitewater stretch of the Yellowstone River, known as the “Town Section” and "Yankee Jim Canyon", starts near Gardiner, Montana and tumbles north into the Paradise Valley. This section of the river drops rapidly past steep rock cliffs and through various natural features that create the perfect whitewater segment. Past Yankee Jim Canyon, the Yellowstone River winds through the Paradise Valley. Surrounded by the Absaroka and Gallatin Mountains, this stretch of the river is ideal for long, relaxing scenic floats.
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We are located in Gardiner, Montana which is the North Entrance to Yellowstone National Park
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