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Difficulty III-V
Length 4.2 Miles
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Flow Range
Reach Info Last Updated 05/26/2008 1:50 pm

River Description

The Day Stretch is the most commonly paddled section of the Clarks Fork. It can be run at substantially higher flows than the other sections and the shuttle is a breeze. Views of Yellowstones' Pilot and Index peaks are outstanding from the put-in, and the run is beautiful throughout--passing a few cabins, but staying away from the road at all times. Shortly below the put-in lies a nasty drop known as Coin Slot (V+), a powerful pourover funneling into an extremely tight slot, with most of the rivers flow flushing beneath the slot walls. This has been run at select (read: low) levels, though it is almost always portaged. Scout from the left, far above the drop. Below Coin Slot are several enjoyable class IV rapids and an exceptional play wave before the river begins its charge into the aptly named Adrenaline( V-V+). A long, convoluted approach studded with waves and holes leads to a compression pourover with a very sticky hole followed immediately by a 30-foot low-angled slide. The rocks surrounding the pourover are extremely undercut and sieved out, so plan on staying in the boat for all 15 rounds. I have heard that seeing Adrenaline's undercuts and sieves at low flows will keep most boaters from paddling it again. Scout and set safety on river left. The river tapers off after Adrenaline, becoming a straight-forward float to the bridge near the Painter Store.
Offering a taste of the Clarks Fork character, clean class IV drops, and a scout/portage of two full-fisted class V's, the Day Stretch is an ideal starting point for kayakers looking to break into expert level whitewater and is always a good time for paddlers of all skill levels. 

Check out Mike Albrecht's photos of the Upper Clarks Fork

The various reaches of the Clarks Fork Drainage:
Styx and Stones (Class V+/VI),
The Upper (Class IV/V+),
Honeymoon (Class IV/V+),
The Box (Class V+/VI),
Lower (Class IV/V), and
Crandall Creek (Class IV).



Rapid Descriptions


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Rick Hill
18 years ago

For more info, there is a write up on the GORP website.

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Gage Descriptions

Clarks Fork @ Belfry

Directions Description

We have no additional detail on this route. Use the map below to calculate how to arrive to the main town from your zipcode.

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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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AW Seeks Interim Protection for Wyoming Creeks

Kevin Colburn

Today American Whitewater filed comments offering additional support for several rivers that the Shoshone National Forest found eligible for Wild and Scenic designation, and recommending that several additional streams be found eligible.  Eligible rivers are afforded interim protection from dams and certain other impacts. These comments were generated with the help of the regional paddling community. 

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AW weighs in on Clarks Fork of the Yellowstone Management

Kevin Colburn

The National Forest Service is currently in the process of implementing a new river management plan for the Wild and Scenic Clarks Fork of the Yellowstone River. The USFS proposes to maintain all exisiting designated roads but take steps to curtail off-road use that is damaging ecological and recreational values of the river corridor. Today, American Whitewater submitted a letter to the USFS in support of their proposed actions. 

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Jason Robertson

968thumb.jpgIn 1998 American Whitewater asked the Park Service to consider reopening a handful of Yellowstone's rivers for limited whitewater recreation opportunities. Our proposal called for a paradigm shift in management of recreational opportunities in Yellowstone. In short, AW proposed that all recreation use in the park be subject to a non-degradation standard. The complete proposal is attached.

David Schroeder


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