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National Recreation Area Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area
Overview Service & Activities
Overview Service & Activities
About Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area was established by an act of Congress on October 15, 1966, following the construction of the Yellowtail Dam by the Bureau of Reclamation. This dam, named after the famous Crow chairman Robert Yellowtail, harnessed the waters of the Bighorn River and turned this variable stream into a magnificent lake. Bighorn Lake extends approximately 60 miles through Wyoming and Montana, 55 miles of which are held within spectacular Bighorn Canyon. The Recreation Area is composed of 70,000+ acres, which straddles the northern Wyoming and southern Montana borders. There are two visitor centers and other developed facilities in Fort Smith, Montana and near Lovell, Wyoming. The Afterbay Lake below the Yellowtail Dam is a good spot for trout fishing and wildlife viewing for ducks, geese and other animals. The Bighorn River below the Afterbay Dam is a world class trout fishing area. Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area is a lesser known treasure waiting to be discovered. It boasts breath-taking scenery, countless varieties of wildlife, and abundant recreational opportunities, such as boating, fishing, ice fishing, camping, and hiking. Bighorn Canyon offers visitors what few other National Park areas can, that of solitude, serenity, and beauty. In the midst of our chaotic world, this is a truly unique quality.
Fort Smith, MT 59035
CONTACT 406-666-2412
FAX 406-666-2415
SPECIAL DIRECTIONS The Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area North Entrance - Fort Smith, Montana - Take Interstate 90 to Hardin, Montana. Turn on Highway 313 traveling 40 miles south to Fort Smith, Montana and the North entrance. South entrance - near Lovell, Wyoming - From 14A turn north on Highway 37, continuing 9 miles to South entrance.
SERVICES Boat Charter Boat Launch Boat Rental Established Fire Pits Gift Shop Handicapped Accessible Interpretive Display Maps Pets Allowed Public Restroom Store Toilets Tour Trail Trash Removal
ACTIVITIES Backcountry Camping Bird Watching Boat Charter Boat Tour Boating Camping Canoeing Deer Hunting Education Exhibit Fishing Fly Fishing Hiking History Horseback Riding Hunting Ice Fishing Kayaking Lake Fishing Motor Boating Nature Outdoor Activity Photography Picnicking RV Camping Sailing Sightseeing Stream Fishing Swimming Tent Camping Upland Bird Hunting Water Skiing Water Sport Waterfowl Hunting Wildlife Viewing

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7th Ranch RV Camp

Private Campground
Garryowen, MT

Afterbay Campground

National Park Campground
Fort Smith

Apsaalooke Glamping Co.

Lodge Grass, MT

Barry's Landing

National Park Campground
Fort Smith

Big Horn Valley Ranch

Fort Smith, MT

Big Ice Cave

National Forest Day Area
Red Lodge

Bighorn Fishing Access Site

Fishing Access Site
Fort Smith

Bighorn Fly & Tackle Shop

Fort Smith, MT

Bighorn River

Fort Smith, MT