New Fork River
A fly fisherman’s & floater’s dream! Whether your idea of a perfect day revolves around fishing, exploring or relaxing, the New Fork River can make it come true. This hospitable river provides plenty of options, from a short scenic float to all-day fishing adventures.
The New Fork River has peaceful and intimate character as it makes its way through grassy meadows, ranch lands, and below sagebrush benches and looming bluffs. Large stands of cottonwood and willow offer shade and attract wildlife. Convenient public boat accesses make this river a heavenly float.
A Major Tributary
The New Fork River originates at New Fork Lakes, in the arms of the Wind River Mountains, 24 miles north of Pinedale. As the New Fork River veers southeast, it gathers up the smaller streams that flow down from Wind River drainages: Willow Creek, Pine Creek, Pole Creek, Boulder Creek, and the East Fork River. The New Fork carves a boundary around the northeast and southeast edges of the Mesa before joining the Green River just below State Highway 351, fortifying the Green for its rendezvous with the Colorado and finally the Gulf of California.
FISHING THE NEW FORK RIVER
Fishermen are rewarded with brook trout, brown trout, rainbow and whitefish. Local commercial guides are also available for float and fishing trips on the New Fork. They are well acquainted with the regulations and the best times and places to be on the. Fishing the New Fork is a worthy challenge for both the beginner and more advanced fisherman.
PUBLIC ACCESS BOAT LAUNCHES
After it leaves the Bridger-Teton National Forest near New Fork Lakes, the New Fork River passes largely through private land, and is not big enough to float on until it gets close to Pinedale. At that point, public access boat launches provided by the Wyoming Game and Fish Department offer several opportunities for boaters to spend a day floating down different sections of the river. Boaters may park a vehicle and boat trailer or otherwise arrange for pickup at the desired take-out point, then launch from a designated put-in upriver.