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Kayak Program Offered At Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area

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Explore Bighorn Canyon NRA by kayak this summer/NPS

Exploring national parks by water is a great way to get away from the crowds and out into the scenery. If you'd like to hone your skills for this type of adventure, rangers at Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area in Wyoming and Montana will be offering a guided kayaking program this summer.

Programs will be presented on both ends of Bighorn Lake. The programs will cover proper paddling techniques, self-recovery of capsized kayak, general safety precautions, and fun facts about Bighorn Canyon presented by park rangers. These excursions will be offered free of charge on a first come, first serve basis. Room in the park equipment is limited to 10 participants. Up to five participants with their own equipment are welcome to join for a total of 15 participants. All participants must call ahead and register with Bighorn Canyon NRA.

There will be an opportunity to meet the guides and familiarize yourself with the equipment on July 19 (Friends of Bighorn Lake Day) at Horseshoe Bend and on July 12 at Ok-A-Beh on the northern end of the lake. 

To register for programs on the South District call the Bighorn Canyon NRA Visitor Center at 307-548-5406. To register for programs on the North District call the Yellowtail Dam Visitor Center at 406-666-3218.

All trips are subject to cancellation at the guide's discretion, e.g. due to bad weather. Registered participants will be informed if there is a cancellation. If you must cancel your reservation, please do so as soon as possible to allow us time to fill your vacancy.

*The Ok-A-Beh to Black Canyon trip will be limited to adults age 18 and up. The distance into Black Canyon will be dependent on the group.


South District

Date                                      Time                                                     Description

July 19                                  11:30 AM - 4:30 PM                         Meet the Guides & Equipment '“ Horseshoe

July 12                                  10:30 AM '“ 1:00 PM                        Horseshoe Bend to Crooked Creek

July 26                                10:30 AM '“ 1:00 PM                        Horseshoe Bend to Crooked Creek

August 9                               9 PM '“ 12 AM                                   Horseshoe Bend to Crooked Creek-full moon

August 23                             11 AM _ 2 PM                                   Barry's Landing to Medicine Creek


North District

Date                                      Time                                                     Description

July 12                                  11:30 AM - 3:30 PM                         Meet the Guides & Equipment, Ok-A- Beh

July 19                                  10:30 AM '“ 1:00 PM                        Ok-A-Beh to Box Canyon

August 1                               10:30 AM '“ 1:00 PM                        Ok-A-Beh to Box Canyon

August 16                             10:30 AM '“ 1:00 PM                        Afterbay

August 30                           10:30 AM '“ 4:00 PM                        Ok-A-Beh to Black Canyon

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