Yellowstone River: Point of Rocks to Mayor's Landing

May 27, 2020  •  Leave a Comment

Only a few months into lockdown and with spring trying to emerge, we decided that a river trip was just what the doctor ordered. After packing up the food, beer, and gear we arrived at the Point of Rocks put in just in time for it to start snowing. After a very short debate of whether or not we should still go, we unloaded boats and shuttled vehicles to Livingston. When we got back to Point of Rocks, the weather had changed for the better and we shoved off for 40 or so river miles ahead of us. The river was high and flowing fast, which meant we should arrive to camp fairly early.

Along the river we had excellent views of all the spring birds including bald eagles and osprey fishing along the river. We even got to see some baby mergansers floating with mom.

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Even though it was a little chilly, the sun came out and Paradise Valley was living up to its name.

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About halfway on the run, we found some islands where we planned to camp for the evening. We unloaded the boats, gathered firewood, made dinner and drinks, watched the sunset, and relaxed by the fire.

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The following morning was a beautiful sunrise and a beaver swam by camp for a visit. After breakfast and mimosas, we shoved off for another beautiful day on the river.

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It was a perfect bluebird day, so we just sat back and let the world drift by.

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Once we reached Livingston, we unloaded the boats and headed home. A great trip in our backyard to kick off the summer season adventures!

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Notes: The trip was around 40 miles in length and it took us about 8 hours on the river to float the entire stretch. You don't need permits to float this section, but it is a popular day use area, especially in the summer.

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