Wind River Wyoming Fly Fishing, Camping, Boating

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Wind River

Flowing from Dubois to Thermopolis Wyoming, the Wind River is actually located nowhere near the Wind River Mountain Range. Just outside of Dubois there are a number of fishing access points, but the highlight of the river is the Wind River Canyon located between Boysen Reservoir and Thermopolis.

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What can I see and do along the Wind River?

Fishing near Dubois:
A handful of access points offer anglers easy access to the Wind River near Dubois:

  • Within Shoshone National Forest: 13 miles northwest of Dubois on US 26/287.
  • Dubois Hatchery: Southeast of Dubois on US 26/287 at the Hatchery. There are also several additional access points along the highway.
  • Wind River Indian Reservation: Fishing on the reservation requires a special permit. Call for more information: (307) 332-7207.
  • East Fork Wind River: 10 miles southeast of Dubois on US 26/287 and then turn north onto East Fork Road.

Fishing near Thermopolis:

  • Wind River Canyon: Just below the Boysen Reservoir (this state park also offers camping and boating), the Wind River enters the Wind River Canyon. This section of river offers fun whitewater rafting as well as great fishing.
  • Wedding of the Waters: 4 miles south of Thermopolis on US 20 the Wind River ends and becomes the Bighorn River at the Wedding of the Waters. It's a great place to fish near Thermopolis.

Where is the Wind River?

Starting in the Absaroka Mountains near Dubois Wyoming, the Wind River flows through the Wind River Indian Reservation on its way to Boysen Reservoir and the Wind River Canyon. On the northern end of the canyon the Wind River becomes the Bighorn River just south of Thermopolis, Wyoming.

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