Gallatin River Drainage from Headwaters to Taylor Fork

Big Sky, Montana

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The Gallatin River rises high on the north flank of Three Rivers Peak in northwest Yellowstone National Park. Lewis and Clark named this easternmost of the three forks of the Missouri for Albert Gallatin, then Secretary of the Treasury. The Gallatin and the tributaries described here are all mountain freestone streams with fairly steep gradients. The river flows generally northwest through fairly narrow, timbered canyons and mountain meadows that are more open but still narrow. The most significant tributaries are Fan, Bacon Rind, Specimen, and Sage Creeks. This eTrail contains information on The Gallatin River (Gallatin Lake to Bighorn Pass Trailhead, Bighorn Pass Trailhead to Specimen Creek, Specimen Creek to Taylor Fork), Fan Creek, Bacon Rind Creek, High Lake, Specimen Creek, and Sage Creek.
Fishing Yellowstone National Park

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Fishing Yellowstone National Park

by Richard Parks (Falcon Guides)

The Gallatin River rises high on the north flank of Three Rivers Peak in northwest Yellowstone National Park. Lewis and Clark named this easternmost of the three forks of the Missouri for Albert Gallatin, then Secretary of the Treasury. The Gallatin and the tributaries described here are all mountain freestone streams with fairly steep gradients.

The river flows generally northwest through fairly narrow, timbered canyons and mountain meadows that are more open but still narrow. The most significant tributaries are Fan, Bacon Rind, Specimen, and Sage Creeks. This eTrail contains information on The Gallatin River (Gallatin Lake to Bighorn Pass Trailhead, Bighorn Pass Trailhead to Specimen Creek, Specimen Creek to Taylor Fork), Fan Creek, Bacon Rind Creek, High Lake, Specimen Creek, and Sage Creek.

©  Richard Parks/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Fishing
Nearby City: Big Sky
Trail Type: Several options
Season & Limits: Last Saturday in May to first Sunday in November
Local Contacts: Yellowstone National Park
Driving Directions: Directions to Gallatin River Drainage from Headwaters to Taylor Fork

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