Howrey Island Recreation Area and Nature Trail - Hysham

Howrey Island Recreation Area consists of approximately 592 BLM-administered acres and is in the floodplain of the Yellowstone River. This is a 'Pack In, Pack Out' area and all garbage must be removed. Some road sections may be closed due to high river flows or to protect habitat. The entire area is open to walk-in visitation, regardless of conditions. Overnight camping is permitted. No fireworks are allowed. Be mindful of seasonal and area fire restrictions.

Vegetation includes species of wheat grass, green needle-grass, forbs and shrubs. This a typical Yellowstone River riparian area where cottonwood, green ash and willow tree species dominate. Recent projects to eradicate invasive species such as Russian Olive and Salt Cedar have proven effective in opening up forest canopy and meadows for wildlife use.

Bird species found on Howrey Island include; American White Pelican, Double-crested Cormorant, Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs, Spotted Sandpiper, Belted Kingfisher, Hairy Woodpecker, Western Wood Peewee, Tree and Barn Swallow, Blue Jay, Black-capped Chickadee, White-breasted Nuthatch, House Wren, Brown Thrasher, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Yellow-breasted Chat, Spotted Towhee, Bullock's Oriole, American Goldfinch, Gray Catbird, Cedar Waxing, Black-headed Grosbeak, Lazuli Bunting and Bald Eagle.

Restrooms, picnic tables, fire pits, interpretive kiosk, boat ramp and a 1.3 mile concrete nature trail (ADA Accessible). No dumpsters - all garbage must be removed. Please limit your stay to 14 days. Please call the local BLM Office for current recreation site conditions and restrictions.

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Phone: 406-233-2800

Howrey Island Recreation Area is located along the Yellowstone River, six miles southwest of Hysham, just off Highway 311.

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Boat Launch, Established Fire Pits, Handicapped Accessible, Parking, Pets Allowed, Public Restroom, Toilets, Trail

Bird Watching, Boating, Camping, Canoeing, Fishing, Group Camping, Hiking, Nature, Outdoor Activity, Photography, Picnicking, Rafting, River Fishing, Running, RV Camping, Tent Camping, Wildlife Viewing