Bighorn River: Worland to Greybull


GRADIENT - 4 ft/mile

LENGTH - 50 miles

FLOAT TIME - 14 hours

BLM QUAD MAPS - Worland, Basin

PUT IN - Worland City Park

PUT IN - Google Map

TAKE OUT - Greybull City Park

Bighorn River CFS

USGS Gage Station CFS near Basin.

Bighorn River


The first section of this float travels through irrigated lands and contains a lot of carbody riprap. About three hours below Worland are three pipelines across the river. Just downstream is a small, half-channel diversion dam that you can float around. Below here the views of the mountains become better and there are only occasional sections of riprap. You have a two or three hour float to the Rairden Bridge and then another two hours down to the landing at the Manderson Bridge (US-20, mile #185). Float time is seven hours.

From Manderson the river continues northward past a railroad bridge to the confluence with the Nowood River. This area is dominated by thick stands of Russian olive trees. Just downstream you go by Big Island and begin traveling past Standing Rock Bluffs. The river then loops over near the railroad tracks and back to the bluffs. After passing by a gaging station, you float by some broken hillsides on the right called the Fallen City. After following along the Fallen City and doomed hills, you leave the ridge and swing west a bit to the Basin Bridge (three hours from Manderson).

From Basin you continue along the base of the ridge (now a bit in the distance). After about one hour the river nears the highway and begins following along the Big Wall. One hour downstream is the confluence with the Greybull River. A couple of miles further is the City Park Landing and US-16 Bridge Landing in Greybull (three hours from Basin). Float time from Worland to Greybull is 12 to 14 hours.