Bechler River

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Bechler River
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Bechler River
Basin features
Main source Trischman Knob
6,306 feet (1,922 m)[1]
44°17′21″N 110°53′35″W / 44.28917°N 110.89306°W / 44.28917; -110.89306 (Belcher River source)[1]
River mouth Fall River
44°08′54″N 110°59′49″W / 44.14833°N 110.99694°W / 44.14833; -110.99694 (Bechler River mouth)Coordinates: 44°08′54″N 110°59′49″W / 44.14833°N 110.99694°W / 44.14833; -110.99694 (Bechler River mouth)[1]
Tributaries
  • Left:
    Ferris Fork, Littler Fork
  • Right:
    Boundary Creek, Ouzel Creek, Phillips Fork, Gregg Fork

The Bechler River is a remote major river flowing southwest entirely within the confines of Yellowstone National Park to it confluence with the Fall River in the southwest section of the park. The river was named by Frank Bradley, a member of the 1872 Hayden Geological Survey for cartographer and explorer Gustavus R. Bechler, the chief surveyor and mapmaker on the survey. Henry Gannett also a member of the survey claimed that Bechler discovered the river, but trapper Osborne Russell explored the area in 1830.[2]

Waterfalls[edit]

The Bechler River is located in the remote Cascade Corner of the park. A name given to the southwest section of the park by then superintendent Horace Albright in 1921 for the proliferation of waterfalls and cascades in the Fall and Bechler River drainages. Several major Yellowstone waterfalls exist in the Bechler River watershed:[3]

Angling[edit]

Although the Bechler River is in the remote Cascade Corner of the park, it is popular with local anglers. It holds mostly cutthroat trout and a few rainbow trout. Because of spring runoff, the river is generally not fishable until mid-July and access is difficult.[16][17] The river is paralleled by the Bechler River Trail which starts at Cave Falls on the park's south boundary or spurs off the Shoshone Lake trail.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Bechler River". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 
  2. ^ Whittlesey, Lee (1996). Yellowstone Place Names. Wonderland Publishing Company Gardiner, MT. p. 47. ISBN 1-59971-716-6. 
  3. ^ Whittlesey, Lee (1996). Yellowstone Place Names. Wonderland Publishing Company Gardiner, MT. pp. 61–62. ISBN 1-59971-716-6. 
  4. ^ "Albright Falls". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 
  5. ^ "Bechler River". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 
  6. ^ "Colonnade Falls". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 
  7. ^ "Dunanda Falls". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 
  8. ^ "Gwinna Falls". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 
  9. ^ "Iris Falls". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 
  10. ^ "Ouzel Falls". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 
  11. ^ "Quiver Cascade". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 
  12. ^ "Ragged Falls". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 
  13. ^ "Tempe Cascade". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 
  14. ^ "Twister Falls". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 
  15. ^ "Wahhi Falls". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 
  16. ^ Parks, Richard (1998). Fishing Yellowstone National Park. Helena, MT: Falcon Press. ISBN 1-56044-625-0. 
  17. ^ Mathews, Craig; Molinero, Clayton (1997). The Yellowstone Fly-Fishing Guide—An authoritative guide to the waters of Yellowstone National Park. Guilford, CT: The Lyons Press. ISBN 1-55821-545-X.