Yellowstone River

Gardiner, Montana 59030

Yellowstone River

Yellowstone River Professional Review and Guide

"The longest free-flowing river in the lower 48 states, the Yellowstone tumbles down a mountain valley, traverses prairie grasslands and meanders through cottonwood groves on its way to meeting the Missouri River.

The only physical evidence of the Lewis and Clark Expedition in Montana-Captain Clark's name carved on a rock-can still be seen near the Yellowstone east of Billings. The river is Class I at normal flows except for the first 20 miles below Gardiner, where it is Class II and III (Class IV at peak flows). Spend a month and take a Lewis and Clark trip from Billings to the North Dakota border."

Yellowstone River Reviews

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We put two rafts in on the Yellowstone River about 25 miles south of Livingston, MT for a 12 mile float. There are numerous access points along this section of the Yellowstone River for floats of a few hours to several days. This section of the river is all class 1 water, but with a good current flow to help keep you moving along at a nice pace. Ocassional ripples provide some fun. The views on the banks of the River are fairly mundane from next to highway US 89, to ranches, camping and outfitting areas, and some forest areas. The views in the distance, however, are spectacular of the Gallitan National Forest & Gallitan Mountain chain to the West, and the Beartooth & Absoraka Mountain chain to the East & Northeast. All in all, a pleasant float for beginning rafters, but also enjoyable for experienced rafters with inexperienced guests along.

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Trail Information

Nearby City
554 miles
Easy to Difficult
Skill Level
Class I-IV
Logjams, tricky currents, and diversion dams.
Fishing, Camping, Birding
Additional Use
Dan Bailey’s Fly Shop, Livingston; Parks’ Fly Shop, Gardiner; Sweet Cast Angler, Big Timber; Yellowstone Raft Company, Gardiner; FWP, Billings.
Local Contacts
BLM: Yellowstone River Floaters Guide; USGS: Bozeman, MT; Billings, MT; Forsyth, MT; Miles City, MT; Glendive, MT; FWP: Treasure of Gold (Billings to Missouri River); Montana Afloat: #12 (The Yellowstone River from Gardiner to Big Timber), #13 (The Yellowstone River from Big Timber to Huntley).
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Jul 2018