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“Canyon and Plains”
Review of Firehole River

Firehole River
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Owner description: River located in Yellowstone National Park: perfect for fishing, canoeing or watching the geysers erupting.
Reviewed 27 February 2018

As you drive south along the Grand Loop from Madison to the Old Faithful Center you will follow the Firehole River. Take the detour to see the canyon and falls which is the most picturesque section as it cuts through the canyon. Once out on the plains in the center of the park it is far slower and meanders down through the Lower Basin Geyser field, with lakes and rolling hills.

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Reviewed 19 February 2018

The firehole loop is a short, scenic beautiful drive or hike. the thermal features, particularly in the winter, are fascinating. in the summer you can fish it with good success.

Thank PWSl1950
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Reviewed 31 January 2018

This river runs along the Grand Loop Road between Madison Junction and Old Faithful on the west side of the park. It has a swimming hole along Firehole Canyon Drive.

1  Thank Rachel L
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Reviewed 12 November 2017

There are several beautiful places on the Firehole. In the north, the mouth of the river is where it joins up with the Madison River (near the confluence of the Gibbon River) and you can take the Firehole Canyon Drive loop (off the Grand Loop Road) to get stunning views of the canyon and the Firehole Falls, as well as a swimming area. Eventually it runs through the Midway Geyser Basin, and some of the geysers (like the Excelsior, by the Grand Prismatic) runoff directly into it, giving it a steaming appearance. It travels through some other basins (like the Biscuit Basin) and also goes over the lovely Kepler Cascades, south of Old Faithful. The source of the river is at the continental divide.

We did not get to see everything associated with this river, but there is a lot to see!

2  Thank Lisamarie1138
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Reviewed 22 October 2017

This river, like so much of the park, is extraordinarily scenic. On a recent visit to the park, we enjoyed so much watching people fishing the river with bison rambling around them. My sense is that you'd better stake out a spot early if you want to fish the more accessible locations, as even at 8 am there were plenty of people already fishing.

Thank JJTOH
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