Celebrate the Shoshone Tomorrow | Big Horn Basin Media

Celebrate the Shoshone Tomorrow

Written by on August 16, 2019

It’s a day to celebrate the river that runs through it.

Through Park County, that is. The Shoshone River, named for its sulfur smell, but known for its recreation and irrigation purposes, will be the central focus on Saturday, when the Wild West Paddle Club hosts its annual River Fest, and the Buffalo Bill Dam Visitor Center celebrates another Great Dam Day.

The River Fest will bring together kayakers, rafters, and other boaters for two days of races on various sections of the Shoshone between the Hayden Arch and Belfry Bridges. While those contests are going on Saturday, the gates to the old road to Yellowstone will be opened, and visitors can traverse the pavement between the Hayden Arch Bridge and the Dam Visitor Center.

This year is extra special, according to Visitor Center Director Brad Constantine, because it’s the 25th anniversary of the completion of the dam’s extension and the construction of the Visitor Center. He says there will be volunteers on hand to talk about the history of the Dam and its impact on the Big Horn Basin.

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