|....................... .................... ...Fly Fishing Yellowstone National Park
Where To Stay In Yellowstone Country
A series of articles to help those planning a fly fishing trip to Yellowstone
Cook City, Silver Gate and Colter Pass Montana:
Cook City is a little Montana town located very near the Northeast Entrance to the park.
It is located between two other little towns called Silver Gate and Colter Pass. All three
of these little towns are located very close to each other. In fact, unless I pay close
attention, I have a difficult time of knowing which of them I'm in. If you blink your eyes,
you will miss all three of them. Silver gate is located only a mile from the park entrance.
Colter Pass is located on the opposite side of Cook City, or the east side.
You want travel very far inside the Northeast Entrance until you cross over Soda Butte
Creek. Don't tell anybody, but if you stop right there at the bridge and fish, you will be
fishing in small stream heaven. The trout are cutthroats and average about 12 inches
but there are some larger ones. If you don't catch a least a dozen every hour, your
doing something wrong.
Traveling on down the northeast entrance road you will usually be able to see Soda
Butte Creek just about the entire distance to its confluence with the Lamar River. Then
the road follows a section of the Lamar for a few more miles. Oh yes, you will also pass
the entrance to the Slough Creek Campground and of course, part of Slough Creek.
In case you haven't figured it out, the best time to stay in either Cook City or one of the
other two close by communities of Silver Gate or Colter Pass, is when the Northeast
section of the park finally thaws out and has the best fishing in the park. You can count
on it being about the last section of the park to warm up. The water comes from some of
the highest elevations in the park and it is one of the last sections for the runoff to end.
If you want to be in the hottest fishing section of the park, from about the middle of July,
to the end of August, Cook City is a hard place to beat.
There are several cabins, lodges, hotels and motels in these three small Montana
communities. There are seven or eight different places to eat, gas stations and just
about anything you would need on a fishing trip.
One more thing. It is an absolute beautiful place to stay. If your not careful, you may
wake up and think your about to star in a Western movie. The little town is a perfect
setting for one. Check this out