Where the Yellowstone Goes

Here in southwest Montana, fall marks the end of the busy tourist season and the best time of the year to float down your favorite local river while casting a fly to aggressive brown trout and gazing in awe at the brilliant yellow cottonwood trees and snow-dusted peaks. And no other river serves up these piscatorial and visual treats like the mighty Yellowstone, just a half-hour drive over the pass from American Rivers’ Northern Rockies office.  

At nearly 700 miles in length, the Yellowstone is the longest undammed river in the lower 48 states. National Geographic once dubbed it “America’s last, best river.” While its been threatened by dams in the past, besieged by riverside homes in recent years, and marred by a much-publicized oil spill near Billings this past spring, the Yellowstone very much remains a wild, free-flowing river that operates by nature’s rules.  Every time I float it I feel like Huck Finn floating down the Mississippi and escaping all the stresses that modern society unceasingly heaps upon us.

If your life list includes floating down the Yellowstone from where it leaves Yellowstone National Park all the way to its confluence with the Missouri, check out the trailer to this new American Rivers sponsored film that takes you on an epic journey.


The film is expected to be completed by next summer, at which point it will be shown in theaters across the country.