The Blackwater Pond Picnic Site is located along the North Fork of the Shoshone River in the scenic Wapiti Valley. The site has picnic tables, fire rings, cook grates, and a toilet. Nearby activities include fishing, hiking, and viewing and photographing wildlife and scenery. Water is not available at the picnic site, but can be found at nearby campgrounds. The Blackwater Pond Picnic Site is about 12 miles from the East Entrance to Yellowstone National Park.
At a Glance
Blakcwater Pond Picnic Site is open year round, when accessible.
Special Order 04-00-100 related to food storage and sanitation applies.
Wapiti Ranger District in Cody, telephone 307.527.6921
Directions: From Cody, travel west on U.S. Highway 14/16/20 for about 36 miles to the picnic site.
The Blackwater Pond Picnic Site is located just behind the Firefighters Memorial that sits just off U S Highway 14/16/20. The monument was dedicated in 1939 to honor the memory of the 15 firefighters who died fighting the 1937 Blackwater Fire. The monument was restored a few years ago by archaeologists from the National Park Service.
Behind the picnic site is Forest Road 435 that leads to the Fire Memorial National Recreation Trail, about 2 miles from the picnic site. The road is rough, so 4-wheel drive is recommended. The trail goes to a firefighter monument and historical monument, which mark the places where the firefighters lost their lives.
The Rex Hale Campground, about 1.5 miles east of the picnic site, was named for Rex Hale. Clayton Mountain, south of the trail, was named for Alfred Clayton. Both men were killed in the Blackwater Fire.