Yellowtail Wildlife Habitat Management Area

Established to enhance waterfowl habitat at the confluence of the Shoshone and Bighorn rivers, more than half of the 19,400-acre Yellowtail Wildlife Habitat Management Area (YWHMA) lies within Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area. It is managed by the Wyoming Game and Fish Department through an agreement with the National Park Service, the Bureau of Land Management, and the Bureau of Reclamation. With its wetlands and one of the largest remaining old growth cottonwood riparian systems in Wyoming, the YWHMA provides forage and resting areas for migrating waterfowl and winter habitat for big game. It is one of the premier upland game and pheasant hunting areas in the state.