AREA INFORMATION & RESOURCES
“THE TOTAL EXPERIENCE”
ACTIVITIES FOR ANGLERS & NON-ANGLERS ALIKE
Hiking, golfing, mountain biking, photography, bird watching, horseback riding, whitewater rafting, and sightseeing are all wonderful ways to spend the day if you aren’t fishing.
The Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center in West Yellowstone is a great place to take the kids to learn about two of the most popular animals in our area.
The Yellowstone IMAX Theater offers big screen films that explore Lewis & Clark’s Expedition as well as a great educational film about Yellowstone National Park (YNP).
The place to rent bicycles is Free Heel & Wheel, right here in West Yellowstone. There are hundreds of miles accessible from town for mountain biking.
West Yellowstone is the most frequented gate to Yellowstone National Park, the oldest and most well-known national park in the United States. Yellowstone has 2.2 million acres of rivers, lakes and backcountry to explore. Wildlife is abundant throughout the park and early risers will have the best opportunities at viewing bear, moose, elk, bison, various waterfowl, eagles, osprey, and possibly wolves.
Whitewater rafting is another popular activity that takes place on the Gallatin River near Big Sky, Montana and on the Yellowstone River just outside of Gardiner, Montana.
Forty-five minutes from West Yellowstone is Big Sky Resort’s public golf course, an 18 hole, par 72 golf course designed by Arnold Palmer. There are also several smaller courses nearby.
Bozeman has a friendly mountain town atmosphere and all the comforts of the big city. It is just 90 miles north of West Yellowstone and is home to Montana State University. Museum of the Rockies is also located in Bozeman. It has some outstanding exhibits including a planetarium and a huge collection of dinosaur fossils that includes a full T Rex skeleton! The drive through Gallatin Canyon to Bozeman is one of the prettiest in the area.
Day drives to Jackson Hole, Cody, Beartooth Pass, Virginia City and Ennis are always worthwhile for shopping, sightseeing and historical tours. If you are headed up to the Missouri River, it’s worth a stop in Helena to experience the State Capitol, multiple museums, the Cathedral of St. Helena, or one of the outstanding local breweries!
Specific links for each river given in the Home Waters section of this website.
GENERAL STREAMFLOW INFORMATION FOR MONTANA
GENERAL STREAMFLOW INFORMATION FOR IDAHO
ONLINE FISHING LICENSES
FRIENDS & AREA LINKS
FREE HEEL & WHEEL
Local coffee shop, Bike & Nordic ski rentals
West Yellowstone Chamber of Commerce
MONTANA FISH, WILDLIFE & PARKS
IDAHO FISH & GAME
MADISON RIVER FOUNDATION
HENRY’S FORK FOUNDATION
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