Posted by : Muhammad Khalid Monday, 30 June 2014

Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area is a national park unit established by an act of Congress on October 15, 1966, following the construction of the Yellowtail Dam by the Bureau of Reclamation, that straddles the border between Wyoming and Montana. The dam, named after the famous Crow leader Robert Yellowtail, harnesses the waters of the Bighorn River by turning that variable watercourse into Bighorn Lake. The lake extends 71 miles  through Wyoming and Montana, 55 miles  of which lie within the national recreation area. About one third of the park unit is located on the Crow Indian Reservation.  Nearly one-quarter of the Pryor Mountains Wild Horse Range lies within the Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area. Afterbay Lake located below Yellowtail Dam is a popular spot for trout fishing as well as for viewing ducks, geese and other animals.  The Bighorn River below the Afterbay Dam is likewise a world-class trout fishing area. In addition, many archeological and historical resources serve to complement the area's natural features. There are visitor centers and other developed facilities in Fort Smith, Montana and near Lovell, Wyoming.  Source

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