River Stats

The Teton is the last major free-flowing river in eastern Idaho. And apparently it intends to stay that way.

The 81-mile tributary of the Henry’s Fork that drains the placid Teton Valley along the Idaho-Wyoming border reasserted its stature as a wild, free-flowing river in 1976, when the Teton Dam failed catastrophically as it was being filled for the first time.

The force of the failure took an incalculable toll on native fish and wildlife in the Teton River Canyon as water and debris washed away riparian zones and reduced the canyon walls. The river canyon has since recovered to provide vital habitat for native Yellowstone cutthroat trout along with the thousands of elk, mule deer, and trumpeter swans that overwinter in the canyon. 

What remains is a Western treasure that serves as one of the last strongholds for imperiled Yellowstone cutthroat trout. The tranquil upper valley draws drift boats and dry-fly fishermen, while the rugged and scenic lower river supports a tremendous, albeit lightly used wild-trout fishery and stellar whitewater boating during the high water months.


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    Bronze Buffalo Ranch

    A fishing vacation to the Yellowstone region promises spectacular scenery coupled with accommodations in one of the west’s best fly fishing lodges. The Lodge at Bronze Buffalo Ranch is situated in the absolute heart of fly fishing territory! Surrounded by some of the country’s premier rivers and the absolute best trout fishing in the Northern Rockies, packages that include fly fishing on the infamous Teton River exemplify Idaho Fishing.