Bighorn River

Custer, Montana 59024

Bighorn River

Bighorn River Professional Review and Guide

"An oasis of green slicing through parched land, the Bighorn rushes past scenic bluffs and thick cottonwood bottoms, providing anglers with some of Montana’s most legendary trout fishing.

No motorboats from Afterbay to Bighorn. A National Park Service per-vehicle user fee or annual fee is required for floating between Afterbay and Bighorn. Permits can be purchased from automated fee machines and iron “ranger boxes” located at the south and north entrances to Bighorn Canyon."

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Trail Information

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Skill Level
Class I
Snags and occasional logjams, swift flows in the upper section. Sudden high winds associated with storms. Three diversion dams (portage necessary).
Good fishing on warm winter days and in early spring.
Fishing, Camping, Birding
Additional Use
Bighorn Fly & Tackle Shop, Fort Smith; Bighorn Angler, Fort Smith; Quill Gordon Fly Fishers, Sheridan; FWP, Billings; National Park Service, Fort Smith; BOR, Billings.
Local Contacts
BLM: #79 (Hysham), #80 (Hardin), #81 (Lodge Grass); USGS: Billings, MT; Hardin, MT; Forsyth, MT; Montana Afloat: #14 (The Bighorn River).
Local Maps

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Jul 2018