.............................Fly Fishing Yellowstone National Park
Planning Your Fly Fishing Trip to Yellowstone - Part 12
Where To Stay During Your Fishing Trip
In this section, I will try to summarize the streams that will be close by when you choose the various areas to stay. Of course you can determine this fairly quickly from a map. This is the map provided by the Yellowstone National Park website. Click on the "view map" prompt just under heading.
Gardiner, Montana and the Paradise Valley Area: The little town of Gardiner is close (joins) to the North Entrance to the park. It is convenient to the Black Canyon section of the Yellowstone River. The Gardiner River terminates at the Yellowstone River at Gardiner. It is also fairly close to the upper Gibbon River. It is the closest town with very many facilities to the Northeast Corner of the park - the Lamar Valley drainage, although it is not very close.
Cooke City, Wyoming and Red Lodge Area: Cooke City is just outside of the park's Northeast Entrance. It has all the necessary facilities but they are limited. I would suggest getting reservations well in advance for this small town. Red Lodge is a good distance from Cooke City but an option you may want to consider. From Red Lodge to Cooke City is one of the most beautiful drives in the entire western United States. Cooke City is the most convenient place to stay to fish Slough Creek, Pebble Creek, Soda Butte Creek, and the Lamar River. It is also fairly close to the Black Canyon and the Grand Canyon sections of the Yellowstone River.
Cody, Wyoming: Cody is quite a distance (about 50 miles) from Yellowstone National Park but it is the closest major town or city to the East Entrance. There are a few locations nearer the park between Cody and the East Entrance but they have very limited facilities. There are several guest lodges and ranches in the area. The East Entrance is close to the Middle River, the upper part of the Yellowstone River and Yellowstone Lake, as well as Clear, Cub, Sedge and Pelican Creeks.
Jackson, Wyoming: Jackson is the closest town of any size to the South Entrance to Yellowstone National Park. You do have to travel through Grand Teton National Park to get there from Jackson Hole. You can easily access the Snake and Lewis Rivers from the South Entrance. It would be the closest area to access the Upper Yellowstone River Headwater areas of the park although that requires a long hike or horse back trip. It is possible to access the Falls River and Bechler River from the Jackson area although it is quite a ways. Neither river is actually very close to anything.
West Yellowstone, Montana: West Yellowstone is the most convenient place to stay if you plan on fishing the Madison drainage area consisting of the Madison River, Firehole River and Gibbon River. It is also the closest town to the Gallatin River as well as Grayling Creek and Duck Creek.