It wasn’t until the 1980’s that kayakers successfully descended the Clark’s Fork of the Yellowstone River in northwest Wyoming, one of the wildest rivers in the U.S. But it was also around then that the state of Wyoming drew up plans to dam the canyon. A new documentary called Our Local Epic by kayakers Will Taggart and Aaron Pruzan explore how the Clark’s Fork became Wyoming's first wild and scenic river. The film will screen at the River Fest in Cody on August 20, as well as many other places around the country.
Producer Pruzan starts the story with the Nez Perse Tribe fleeing the U.S. military down into the steep canyon.