Clarks Fork Yellowstone - 5. Lower


Clarks Fork Yellowstone, Wyoming, US

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5. Lower

Usual Difficulty III-V (for normal flows)
Length 3 Miles
Avg. Gradient 68 fpm
Max Gradient 102 fpm

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
Clarks Fork Yellowstone River nr Belfry MT
usgs-06207500 0.90 - 6.00 ft III-V 01h14m 1.25 ft (running)


River Description

The "Lower" is actually the last 3 miles of the Box run. It is good, continuous class IV and can be a real riot when the water is high. The rapids are all easily scoutable from the road and stopping at will while on the river is possible at most flows. The drops have a big water feel and are enjoyable, though of a completely different character than the runs upstream. The scenery is still fantastic, with the river exiting from a mountain canyon and blending seamlessly into a desert canyon before spilling out onto the plains. There are great camping spots in the area. The shuttle road will rip the guts out of an ordinary vehicle, so make sure your rig is stout and has excellent clearance.

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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), and
Crandall Creek (Class IV).

 

 


StreamTeam Status: Verified
Last Updated: 2008-05-26 13:55:56

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