Yellowstone River

Materials: Agates, Chalcedony, Petrified Wood, Jasper & Quartz with Epidote
GPS: Carters Bridge 45.59762, -110.56550
Point of Rocks 45.26386, -110.86307
Rosebud Access 46.28026, -106.48514
Myers Bridge Access 46.25442, -107.34209
When using GPS coordinates to navigate to locations in the backcountry sites like Google will often make mistakes. Please watch this video before venturing out.
Tools: Bucket and a squirt bottle
Vehicle: Any
Date Visited: October 2020 & August 2023
Additional comments: I would highly recommend reading the article by Kate Bertin Treasures on the Yellowstone River as well as checking out her book So Many Beautiful Rocks! A Memoir and Guidebook: Rockhounding the Lower Yellowstone River Bridges and Fishing Accesses (affiliate link)
Any Location Updates Since Visit:
Permit: As of July 2023 you now need to have a Montana Fish and Wildlife permit to collect rocks on the Yellowstone River. It is called the Montana Conservation License. The conservation license is required to access most state lands which is often going to cover the fishing access points you use to access the river.
Access Point: The state of Montana maintains a helpful website with all of the fishing access points on it that you can use to help plan your trip.
River Water Levels: USGS maintains river height gauges in Livingston, Big Timber, Billings and Forsyth which you can use to see when the water level is low and more gravel bars are likely to be exposed.

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