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South Fork of the Shoshone River

Contact Info
Shoshone National Forest
203 A Yellowstone
Cody, WY 82414

March to June


Visitors to the upper South Fork valley in the winter stand a good chance of observing bighorn sheep on their wintering grounds. This river is managed as a wild fishery with predominant emphasis on Yellowstone cutthroat (upper reaches). The lower reaches are an excellent brown trout fishery though access is limited due to private lands.


Brook Trout
Brown Trout
Cutthroat Trout
Rainbow Trout


March to June
Camping Info
One developed campground, Deer Creek, with 7 units is located on the South Fork of the Shoshone and is found near the end of Forest Road 479. Dispersed camping is allowed.


Map + Directions

Basic Directions

The South Fork of the Shoshone River is located in northwest Wyoming and has it's headwaters near the continental divide in the Washakie wilderness. The lower 32 miles are accessed by driving the river corridor on State Highway 291 southwest out of Cody. This turns into Forest Road 479 upon entering the forest. The upper 25 miles can be reached by foot or horseback only. State Highway 291 is maintained year round.

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