MISSION & HISTORY.
The mission of the Bighorn River Alliance is to protect, preserve and enhance the long-term health and viability of the Bighorn River recognizing its significance to the wild trout fishery, the agricultural community, and the Crow Nation through which it flows.
For decades, the Bighorn River has captured the essence of fly fishing for wild trout. Clear water, willing wild trout and undeveloped surroundings make a true American treasure which the Bighorn Alliance strives to protect.
Beginning as a small group of concerned anglers in 1994, the Bighorn Alliance has developed into a respectable watershed-based organization that works to develop collaborative solutions to watershed problems through working partnerships within the reservation and with federal and state agencies.
Understanding that the River is dependent on the relations of many, BHRA is a true Alliance of fisherman, farm and ranch operators and river enthusiasts that are committed to become part of a working solution to address watershed challenges that impact the fishery the River through:
Advocating for Sustainable River Flows critical to the health of the river through collaborative planning processes with water users and federal/state agencies.
Improving Angler Access to the Bighorn River through maintenance of boat ramps, roads, parking areas and by working with federal and state agencies in securing public access.
Connecting Tribal Youth to their local reservation waters through Tenkara with the Tribe recreational program which introduces Crow youth to the positive recreational benefits of fly-fishing.
Increasing Scientific Knowledge of the river, its trout and instream habitat through our Research Initiative that will drive conservation efforts for years to come.
Enhancing Instream Habitat in the Bighorn River through reconnecting side channel habitat to the main river and monitoring its viability for trout recruitment.
Securing Key Partnerships with state/federal agencies, the agricultural community, the Crow Tribe and other organizations to devise workable solutions to watershed problems.
Bighorn business supporters are companies/organizations that support the growth and development of the Bighorn River Alliance. Businesses help organization efforts through the supply of product donations, financial contributions, grant opportunity access, and communication outreach sharing that helps expand mission growth and organization development. The Bighorn River Alliance encourages our members to support the below businesses that annually commit to, and support Bighorn conservation efforts.