Yellowstone River Valley in Billings

Yellowstone River Valley in Billings

Views of the Yellowstone River and the Rimrocks

Let us take you on a fantastic tour of the Yellowstone River in the Billings area.

Once upon a time in the Montana West, the Billings area known then as Coulson City (tent town) was emerging not long after local Native American tribes still told stories of the Buffalo “Sacrifice Cliffs” in eastern Billings. Natives drove buffalo herds off the tall and steep sandstone rimrocks in harvest.

Today the Yellowstone river still attracts a substantial amount of tourists and on-the-water recreation including fishing for trout, catfish, ling, bass, crappie, bluegill, sauger, walleye, carp and more. Boats are seen every day throughout the year as the fast and slow water invites kayaks, canoes, rafts, pontoons, jet boats and other simple water crafts. In them are anglers, bird watchers, boat enthusiasts, and water fowl and big game hunters.

The Yellowstone River comes out of Yellowstone National Park and after it reaches Billings, becomes slower and wider on its way to the eastern Montana prairies and out of state. The Yellowstone river is the longest undammed river in the United States.

Montana Fishing License: Resident & Non-Resident Fishing License

Resident and Non-Resident Montana Fishing Licenses are available at most outdoor stores, many fishing shops, and in several cases at participating gas stations in smaller towns. Montana Fishing licenses are also available online at