This section is the classic pool-drop day run in the Greater Yellowstone area. Considered the warm-up for teams planning a trip down the infamous Box Canyon, the Honeymooner is a standout run in its own right. Peppered with great class V rapids and large features, it is the Genesis of a long list of epic carnage stories forged in the depths of what is, in fact, the beginning of the Clarks Fork Box.
As scouting the major drops from the confines of the deepening canyon can be rather tricky and the clean lines are nearly impossible to spot from the boat, it is wise to paddle with someone familiar with this section on your first trip down. About a mile below the bridge at the Painter Store, the river begins to gorge up near a high cliff wall on river left. Below this class IV drop, the action picks up substantially, dropping over 250 feet in the next 2.5 miles. After several tight, powerful class IV-V rapids, Beartooth Creek cascades into the Clarks Fork from river left. The river is gorged up in this section and the scene is quite picturesque. Below here lie two very dangerous and oft portaged rapids. As the river bends hard left over shoals, paddle aggressively to the left bank to scout Big Nasty and Trixie. These back-to-back class V-V+ drops are the crux of the run and their fine lines leave little room for error. One tough rapid remains at the confluence with Crandall Creek before the search for the somewhat elusive take-out begins. If you, or members of your party are unsure where the take-out is, stay off this stretch! The consequences of missing the take-out are life-threatening.
While the rapids are outstanding, and the scenery exquisite, the Honeymooner is a much less forgiving piece of whitewater than the Day Stretch. I would strongly recommend running "Adrenaline" on the Day Stretch with a smile on your face before committing to this run.
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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), andCrandall Creek (Class IV).
Clarks Fork @ Belfry
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Beartooth Slide, Perspective
Steve Rodgers running Beartooth
Ben C on Beartooth slide, Honeymooner
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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.
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.
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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