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Difficulty III-V
Length 14 Miles
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Reach Info Last Updated 10/22/2012 5:10 pm

River Description

Paddling this reach is currently PROHIBITED by the National Park Service.  For more information please refer to the Yellowstone Project Page link.

The Wild and Scenic Lewis River flows from Lewis Lake through several small rapids before cascading over the Class V+ Lewis River Falls.  Paddlers would put in below the Falls at the main road crossing.  Following the falls the run appears to consist of moderate and good whitewater with at least a couple standout big Class V series of rapids.  As you would likely expect the scenery, water quality, and paddling experience are all very high quality.  While the road roughly parallels the river, it is seldom in view because the river is set in an ash and rock canyon far below.  The take out would be near the South Entrance to the Park.  Paddling would be a great way to explore and experience the Lewis River - if it were legal.

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Save The Date: Wild West River Fest (WY)

Kestrel Kunz

Cody, Wyoming - This August 19 & 20 the Wild West Paddle Club is hosting the 2017 Wild West River Fest in Cody, Wyoming. In celebration of the beautiful Shoshone River, the Fest has events for everyone - Slalom Race, Class II Sprint, Shoshone Canyon Boater Cross, and many other fun activities for the whole family! Weekend festivities are free to the public, with the exception of race registration fees for competitors. You can find a full schedule here and all competitors need to register online in advance.  

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Public Comment Opportunity on Yellowstone Paddling

Kevin Colburn

The Park Service is seeking your advice on how to manage several newly designated Wild and Scenic Rivers in Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks.  Paddling is currently prohibited on most of these rivers.  We encourage paddlers to offer management suggestions that support river recreation and conservation before the end of 2010.


Kevin Colburn


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