“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Thermopolis in Hot Springs County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)

Wedding of the Waters

Wedding of the Waters Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 4, 2016
1. Wedding of the Waters Marker
Inscription. The the Indians, mountain men, and early settlers, the Wedding of the Waters was a special place. Here, after carving its way through rocks more than three billion years old, the Wind River ends its journey and the Bighorn River begins.
For many species of wildlife, the Wedding of the Waters is also a special place. The warmer waters released from the bottom of Boysen Reservoir produce luxuriant stands of aquatic vegetation and, combined with warm thermal spring water downstream, keep the river open all winter. Because of the open water and aquatic vegetation, waterfowl concentrate here by the thousands each winter. The waterfowl and trout are prey to bald eagles which winter in the area.
A variety of mammals are found near the Wedding of the Waters, from wily mule deer and whistling marmots to mink along the river's edge. Bighorn sheep historically used the rugged canyon slopes for winter range.
Rainbow, cutthroat and brown trout, along with barbot and mountain whitefish, inhabit this stretch of the Bighorn River, providing a blue-ribbon fishery of national fame. The fish on the upper river grow quickly because of the abundance of aquatic insects found in the bottom vegetation. Just downstream, the nation's first handicap-accessible riverine boat ramp provides drift boat access to the Bighorn River.
To man and
Bighorn River image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 4, 2016
2. Bighorn River
beast alike, the Wedding of the Waters is indeed a special place.
Erected by Wyoming Fish and Game Department.
Location. 43° 35.34′ N, 108° 12.888′ W. Marker is near Thermopolis, Wyoming, in Hot Springs County. Marker can be reached from U.S. 20 near South Yellowstone Road (Wyoming Route 173). Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 392 U.S. Highway 20, Thermopolis WY 82443, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named Wedding of the Waters (within shouting distance of this marker); Thermopolis Downtown Historic District (approx. 4 miles away); Broad Streets of Thermopiles (approx. 4 miles away); World's Largest Mineral Hot Springs (approx. 4 miles away); The Plaza Hotel (approx. 4.3 miles away); Bah Guewana (approx. 4.3 miles away); Walter Manly Haynes (approx. 4.4 miles away); Tepee Fountain (approx. 4.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Thermopolis.
More about this marker. This marker is located at a boat ramp and interpretive exhibit to the west of U.S. Highway 20.
Categories. Natural Resources
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 74 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page was last revised on September 10, 2016.
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