Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area, Lovell

#51 of 137 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.
Afterbay 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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  • I am not Wyoming Native but I have been here most of my life; this canyon is exquisite...I have seen a couple of others and this one pales beside them; however it is still a site to see...see it...  more »
  • The campground was not well cared for, unlevel, weedy. Would be much better to access the canyon on the Montana side.  more »
  • Great place to go and see this beautiful place! Highly recommend to anyone visiting the area well worth the drive and great place for photographers. We love coming here and just taking in the views, its breath taking. There is restrooms at the top of the hill when you first come onto the road where the site is and a fairly large parking lot. The road is paved to get to this site. It is free to see as well.
  • I would rate 5 Stars if there were more places to camp, and hang out. This is probably one of the most beautiful lakes in the entire state. Excellent water skiing, wake boarding surfing and fishing......but plan on being in your boat all day long.
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