Cody’s inaugural Wild West River Fest brings together families, kayakers and anglers in the name of fun and education.

“Rivers provide clean drinking water, irrigation for farms that put food on our tables, a place for us to recreate and habitat for wildlife,” says organizer Katherine Thompson, of The Nature Conservancy.

Activities include river races, educational demos, and a fly fishing competition on the Shoshone River; a bluegrass concert at City Park; and a fly fishing film festival at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center.