Yellowstone National Park in Park County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)
Ribbon of Life
Twelve miles east, the waters of the Gibbon and Firehole Rivers join to form the Madison River. Flowing through the heart of this valley, rich waters nourish an abundance of wildlife. Trout eat their fill from bountiful insect hatches. Using keen eyesight, osprey and other raptors swoop down to capture their meals while river otters glide underwater, hunting for fish. Upstream, elk and bison forage on lush valley grasses.
Learning from the Past
Wild trout are abundant here. But the fish community has been greatly altered by historic stocking of non-native species. Westslope cutthroat and grayling once thrived in the Madison River. They are now gone, displaced by non-native rainbow and brown trout. Today, Yellowstone’s native fish are protected by a “catch and release” program and the use of barbless hooks.
Erected by National Park Service.
Location. 44° 39.163′ N, 111° 2.079′ W. Marker is in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, in Park County. Marker can be reached from West Entrance Road (U.S. 287), on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is located on the Two Ribbons Trail. Marker is in this post office area: Yellowstone National Park WY 82190, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least Land of Lodgepoles (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Union Pacific Identification Pylon (approx. 3.1 miles away in Montana); The Madison Elk Herd (approx. 7.8 miles away); Plateau of Fire (approx. 8.6 miles away); Murky Past . . . Promising Future (approx. 11.5 miles away); Hebgen Lake and Quake Lake (approx. 12.2 miles away in Montana); Grand Prismatic Spring: Prism of Light, Spectrum of Life (approx. 13.1 miles away); Life on the Edge (approx. 13.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Yellowstone National Park.
More about this marker. The top of the marker features a picture of a river otter and an osprey hunting fish in the Madison River. The bottom of the marker has pictures of former inhabitants, Madison River natives Grayling and Westslope Cutthroat Trout; and Today’s Inhabitants. Madison River non-natives Rainbow Trout and Brown Trout.
Categories. • Animals • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 22, 2015, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 204 times since then and 57 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on September 22, 2015, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.