Upper Big Horn River

The Big Horn River is the continuation of the Wind River, after it flows north to Thermopolis through Wind River Canyon. The name changes occur at Wedding of the Waters. Be sure to pick up a current Wyoming fishing regulations book, or check locally for regs.

We have listed numerous access points for you here. Many of these are provided through BLM or WG&F easements. All are identified on the map on this page. This river is accessed nicely by a float trip. Many of the access points also offer float access for boats.

Stream flows can be found on the Reports page.

Key:

  • Fish: B, R, C, Cat, W, S for Browns, Rainbows, Cutthroats, Channel Catfish, Walleye, Sauger
  • Facilities: T, Camp for Toilets, Camping

Wedding of the Waters

  • Go south from Thermopolis on US 20 for 4 miles; the Big Horn becomes the Wind River upstream from Wedding of the Waters; access from road next to river; Map
  • Fish: R, C, B
  • Facilities: T

WYDOT

  • South of town on WYDOT property (see map on this page)
  • Fish: B, C, R
  • Facilities:

Hot Springs State Park

  • Go north from Thermopolis on US 20 to Hot Springs State Park
  • Fish: B, C, R
  • Facilities: T
  • More info at the State Park website

WYG & F - Thermopolis

McCarthy

  • Go north from Thermopolis on US 20 to Hot Springs State Park. Turn east of hot springs access road for 1/2 mile. Turn north on Cnty Rd 8 and go 3.5 miles to access
  • Fish: B, C, R
  • Map from WY Game and Fish

Wakely

  • Go north from Thermopolis on US 20 for 5 miles; turn east on Shaffer Drive; go 0.6 miles to Wakley Ranch; turn south and go 0.4 miles to river access
  • Fish: B, C, R
  • Facilities: T
  • Map from WY Game and Fish

Sunnyside Road/Shafer

  • Go north from Thermopolis on US 20 for 6 miles; turn east on Sunnyside Rd (Cnty Rd 27); go 1 mile to river access
  • Fish: B, C, R
  • Facilities: T

Longwell

  • Go north from Thermopolis on US 20 for 6 miles; turn east on Sunnyside Rd (Cnty Rd 27); go 1.7 miles through Longwell Ranch to river access
  • Fish: B, C, R
  • Facilities: T

Murillo

  • Go north from Thermopolis on US 20 for 7 miles; turn east on WY 172, Black Mtn Rd; go 0.6 miles; turn south onto dirt road; travel 0.2 miles to access
  • Fish: B, R, C
  • Map from WY Game and Fish

Skelton

  • Go north from Thermopolis on US 20 for 7 miles; turn east on WY 172, Black Mtn Rd; go 1 mile and cross Big Horn; go 1 mile; turn north onto Skelton Road (cnty Rd 21); drive 1.1 miles to access
  • Fish: B, R, C

Sorenson

  • Go north from Thermopolis on US 20 for 7 miles; turn east on WY 172, Black Mtn Rd; go 1 mile and cross Big Horn; go 1 mile; turn left onto Skelton Road (cnty Rd 21); drive 1.2 miles to access
  • Fish: B, R, C
  • Map from WY Game and Fish

Worland: Riverside Park

  • In Worland, east side of river; turn north on 2nd St and west onto Robertson Ave
  • Fish: B, Cat, W, S

Worland: Walk-In Access 18

  • In Worland, west side of river; off Hwy 20 at and near Fifteenmile Creek confluence. Detailed map by clicking here. There are also a couple of access points south of Worland (see map on this page)
  • Fish: B, Cat, W, S

Walk-In Access

  • Go north from Worland for 5.5 miles on Hwys 16 and 20. Turn west on Ln 6. Detailed map by clicking here
  • Fish: B, Cat, W, S

Rairden Bridge

  • Go north from Worland on WY433 for 12.7 miles; turn east on Rairden Ln; travel 1 mileDetailed map by clicking here
  • Fish: B, Cat, W, S

Walk-In Access

  • Go south from Manderson on Hwy 433 for 3 miles. Turn north on Ln 31 1/2 to parking areas. Stay on roads. Detailed map by clicking here
  • Fish: B, Cat, W, S

Manderson

  • WY Game and Fish access in and near Manderson - see map on this page
  • Fish: B, Cat, W, S