Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area, Lovell

#55 of 74 in Nature in Wyoming
Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area is a national park unit established by an act of Congress on October 15, 1966, following the construction of the Yellowtail Dam by the Bureau of Reclamation. It straddles the border between Wyoming and Montana. The dam, named after the famous Crow leader Robert Yellowtail, harnesses the waters of the Bighorn River by turning that variable watercourse into Bighorn Lake. The lake extends through Wyoming and Montana, of which lie within the national recreation area. About one third of the park unit is located on the Crow Indian Reservation. Nearly one-quarter of the Pryor Mountains Wild Horse Range lies within the Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area.Park featuresAfterbay Lake, located below Yellowtail Dam, is a popular spot for trout fishing as well as for viewing ducks, geese and other animals. The Bighorn River below the Afterbay Dam is likewise a world-class trout fishing area. In addition, the area features many archeological and historical resources. Visitor centers and other developed facilities are located in Fort Smith, Montana and near Lovell, Wyoming.
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  • July 23, 2017
    Our visit to the area was to the Yellowtail Dam Visitor Center. The ranger was very informative and friendly, chatty too. On the day of our visit, except for us, she probably qualified for ‚Äúlonely pay...  more »
  • July 22, 2017
    We were confused about the pay station. We went to the visitor center than rec area. When we got into the area we went to the Devils canyon overlock. Beautiful. Then went back to the horseshoe bend an...  more »
  • July 8, 2017
    We just fell in love with the devil's canyon overlook! My friend had tears in his eyes! and we were alone there  more »

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