There's a place on the Southern Montana and Wyoming border that's a paradise for those who want a real Montana adventure.  Bighorn Canyon and Recreation Area.

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What Is Bighorn Canyon and Recreation Area?

120,000 acres divided into two sections, one in Montana and one in Wyoming.  It's a three hour drive between the two areas, so make sure you're on the right road or it could be a very long day getting to your campsite.

What Recreation Is Offered At Bighorn Canyon and Recreation Area?

  • Bicycling
  • Boating
  • Camping
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Picnicking
  • Wildlife watching
  • Historical Ranches to tour
  • Tours and rentals to enjoy the water

What About Camping, Do I Need A Reservation?

Most camping spots are first come first serve except the Horseshoe Bend Marina.  On the Montana side, camping runs from $18 a night no hook-ups to $35 a night with hook-ups.  The one campground in Montana offering hook-ups is Afterbay Campground near Fort Smith.  To shop all of the Bighorn Canyon Recreation Area campgrounds, click here.

What Kind Of Fish Can I Catch?

Bighorn Lake:  Walleye, brown and rainbow trout, yellow perch, carp, catfish, ling and crappie.  Afterbay is mostly rainbow trout.

Bighorn River:

Known as some of the best trout fishing in America, you'll find mostly rainbow and brown trout, however, thirty-eight species of fish have been caught in this river.

You need a license to fish in both Bighorn River and Bighorn Lake

A Great Stay In Conjunction With A Trip To Yellowstone

Although Yellowstone is a gorgeous, serene and beautiful national park, it's always full of tourists.  Bighorn Canyon can be a great respite before or after you spend your time in the park.  You'll find a huge difference in the feel of being in a less-traveled tourist area.

Here's a sneak-peek at paradise:

Bighorn Canyon Recreation Area, Montana

Bighorn Canyon Recreation Area, Montana

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