Gardner River, Yellowstone National Park Fly Fishing, Camping

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Gardner River

The Gardner River, which shares its name but not its spelling, with a small town at the norther border of Yellowstone National Park, is a premier fly-fishing river in the park.

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What can I do and see along the Gardner River?

  • Fishing: Although the Gardner River only flows for about 25 river miles, there are numerous sections that are superb for fishing. Starting in the Gardners Hole, just southwest of Mammoth Hot Springs, anglers will enjoy the confluence of the Gardner with four small creeks (Fawn, Panther, Indian and Obsidian). Down river, the Gardner enters a tight canyon that is inaccessible to anglers. The Gardner is again easily accessed where it is crossed by the Mammoth-Tower Road. You can wander either up or downstream from this bridge for great fishing.
  • Camping: Indian Creek Campground sits right on the edge of the Gardner River. More Info.
  • Boiling River: One of the few places where you can soak in the warm waters of Yellowstone, the hot Boiling River enters the Gardner River near Mammoth Hot Springs. A trail leads to a few natural pools that are great for soaking in the summer and winter.
  • Hiking and Biking: Hike or bike the Bunsen Peak Trail for great views into the Gardner River Canyon.

Where is the Gardner River?

The Gardner River forms a large horseshoe around Mammoth Hot Springs. Beginning in the northwest corner of the park it flows south, by Indian Creek Campground, before heading directly north through a deep canyon. It emerges by Mammoth Hot Springs before joining the Yellowstone River.

When is the Gardner River accessible?

The most noteworthy winter destination along the Gardner River is the Boiling River Hot Springs and these are easily accessible during the frigid snowy months. Warm your bones in these soothing waters.