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Sweetwater River

The Sweetwater starts near South Pass and runs east, ending where it enters Pathfinder Reservoir. There is very little public access to the river. Be sure to pick up a current Wyoming fishing regulations book, or check locally for regs.

We have listed 9 access points - many are on private ranch lands with access leased by WG&F. Respect the rules for each access. Each are identified by number on the map at the bottom of this page. For other access, which would be on private land, try driving along US Hwy 287 east of Lander and see if you can get permission from local ranchers. Or, contact a guide service in Lander for fishing the Sweetwater.

Stream flow info can be found on our reports page.

Key:

  • Fish: B, Br, R, C   for Browns, Brookies, Rainbows, Cutthroats
  • Facilities: T, Camp for Toilets, Camping
  • Number (1) corresponds to location on map 

Access (1)

  • Go south from South Pass City on WY 28 for 11 miles; turn west on Cnty Rd 446 to Sweetwater River
  • Fish: R, Br, B
  • Facilities: Camp

Access (2)

  • Go northeast from Farson on WY 28 for 43 miles; turn south onto BLM Rd 418; go 0.5 miles and turn southeast onto track; follow for 5 miles to Sweetwater River
  • Fish: B, Br, R
  • Facilities: Camp

Sweetwater Canyon (3)

  • Go south from Lander for 9 miles on US 287; turn south on WY28 for 17 miles; turn south on Atlantic City Rd for 2 miles; turn east on Hudson-Atlantic City Rd and travel 14 miles; turn south at sign and travel 4 miles south/east to canyon - hike into canyon
  • Fish: B, Br, R
  • Facilities: None

Walk-In Access (4)

  • Go east on Hwy 287 from Sweetwater Station for about 0.5 miles. Turn NE off Hwy 287 onto Rd 233 and travel about 3.5 miles. Turn north and follow road to river, or look for signs posted by WG&F.
  • Fish: B, Br, R
  • Facilities: None

Walk-In Access (5)

  • Go west on Hwy 287 from Jeffrey City for about 4.5 miles. Turn NW off Hwy 287 onto Rd 233 and travel about 4.5 miles. Park on road or in parking areas - look for signs posted by WG&F.
  • Fish: B, Br, R
  • Facilities: Camping with permission

Walk-In Access (6)

  • Go west on Hwy 287 from Jeffrey City for about 4.5 miles. Turn NW off Hwy 287 onto Rd 233 and travel about 4.0 miles. Turn north and follow 2 miles to river - look for signs posted by WG&F.
  • Fish: B, Br, R
  • Facilities: None

Walk-In Access (7)

  • Go north from Jeffrey City on Wagon Box Rd (Rd 284) for about 2 miles. Turn N off road - watch for signs posted by WG&F. Stay on roads and keep gates closed.
  • Fish: B, Br, R
  • Facilities: None; no campfires allowed

Walk-In Access (8)

  • Go north from Jeffrey City on Wagon Box Rd (Rd 284) for about 3 miles. Watch for signs posted by WG&F. .
  • Fish: B, Br, R
  • Facilities: None

Walk-In Access (9)

  • Go north from Jeffrey City on Wagon Box Rd (Rd 284) for about 8 miles. Turn south and travel 5 miles to river. Watch for signs posted by WG&F. Keep gates closed. Stay on roads.
  • Fish: B, Br, R
  • Facilities: None; no fires, no trash, no camping

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