Fly Fishing in the Big Horn National Forest

Fly Fishing in the Big Horn National Forest

The Big Horns Mountains and The Sweet 16 offers the angler plenty of places to wet a line. Whether you’re introducing a child to the pleasures of fishing, or enjoying your own quiet time on the water, the trout are plentiful. High-alpine lakes, meandering streams and canyon waters are home to Rainbow, Cutthroat and Brook trout and fishing opportunities are plentiful for anglers using bait or lures, and those who fly-fish won’t be disappointed.

Some area highlights that offer easy access to fishing include:

The Middle Fork of the Powder River Campground

Attracting hundreds of anglers yearning to fish the clear waters of this blue-ribbon trout stream. Flowing through the rolling hills of the southern Big Horn Mountains, this river is home to a small BLM-administered campground nestled on its bank.You can get there from Ten Sleep by driving 20 miles south on WY Highway 434 to Big Trails, turn east onto the Dry Farm Road and continue on this road 10 miles to the Hazelton Road. Continue driving south on the Hazelton Road 10 miles to the campground located on the east side of the road. From Buffalo drive 23 miles west on U.S. Highway 16 to the Hazelton Road turnoff and continue on this road 40 miles to the campground. From Casper, drive west 50 miles on U.S. Highway 20/26, and turn north at Waltman. Follow the Thirty-Three Mile Stock Drive 42 miles to the campground.

Deer Haven Lodge

Deer Haven Lodge sits on the beautiful Ten Sleep stream in the Big Horn Mountains, and is very close to the very popular West Ten Sleep trailhead. Wildlife around Deer Haven is fantastic… moose & deer walk around the cabins consistently. Fishing, hiking, photography or just relaxation await at Deer Haven Lodge. During winter months, snowmobiling is popular at Deer Haven Lodge!

Sitting Bull Campground

The campground is located in the treeline edge of an expansive mountain meadow. The nearby Meadowlark Lake offers boating and fishing opportunities. The campground is composed of a spur along the meadow’s edge and a loop nestled back in a thick stand of Lodgepole pines. Each site has a lantern post. This is an attractive campground that will accommodate almost any size RV. Wildlife viewing is likely from this campground.