• Red cliffs descend into the water of Bighorn Canyon

    Bighorn Canyon

    National Recreation Area MT,WY

Yellowtail Dam Visitor Center

Yellowtail Dam with Visitor Center to the left
Yellowtail Dam with Visitor Center to the left
U.S. Bureau of Reclamation
 

Yellowtail Dam Visitor Center
Open from Memorial Day to Sept. 7th 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


Beginning Sept. 8th closed for the season

Phone:
406-666-9961

Location:
Fort Smith, Montana. Continue through the town of Fort Smith and past the government housing, NPS Headquarters and the Bureau of Reclamation building. Continue up the hill to the parking lot for the Visitor Center

Closures
Due to National Security Issues, tours into the dam are no longer available. Access is not allowed on top of the dam.

Special Programs:
A variety of films are shown upon request.

Exhibits:
-Construction and Workings of the Yellowtail Dam.
-The Unique Geology of Bighorn Canyon
-Robert Yellowtail, Crow Tribal Leader
-Crow Tribe and Famed Leader Chief Plenty Coups
-History of Bighorn River and Bighorn Lake
-Fishing Bighorn Lake.

Available Facilities:
Restrooms
Books and other items available for sale through the Western National Parks Association.

Accessibility
The visitor center is wheelchair accessible.

Did You Know?

Fisherman's Catch, photo by Doug Haacke

The Bighorn River is rated one of the world’s finest trout streams because of its abundant and large trout, dense insect hatches, and easy accessibility. When water is plentiful, populations of brown and rainbow trout can number almost 11,000 fish per mile. More...