The runs listed in the following sections match the order in the Dreamflows
daily report. Please select from the following:
- General Information
- Montana Rivers
- List of Composite Maps
- Montana Links
|Click for weather information local to the gauge site.|
|Click for the gauge location, shown as on the displayed map.|
|Click for color-coded flow (high/good/low) trigger level information.|
|Click for the rating table (gauge height to river flow conversion chart).|
|Click for the graph of recent flows.|
|Flow on this run is likely to differ markedly from reported flow - see second paragraph below.|
|Click for a map showing put-in, take-out, and rapid locations (if available).|
|Click for a composite map showing the relationship of this run to other nearby runs.|
The following lists the various Montana flow sites reported by Dreamflows, and some whitewater runs associated with those sites.
This list isn't by any means exhaustive, but should provide a useful cross-listing.
Sites reported by Dreamflows appear against the left-hand margin in bold, while associated runs appear indented underneath.
Where available, gauge location and other pertinent information appear beneath the site name.
The terms "above" and "below" mean "upstream from" and "downstream from", respectively, and distances are in river miles.
In general, the flow on any given run will differ to some extent from the reported flow for its gauge.
For example, the flow on the Chamberlain Falls run of the North Fork American is lower than the inflow at Clementine,
since the run starts many miles upstream from Clementine (side creeks make up the difference).
For runs marked the difference is likely to be radical.
Please consult a good white-water guidebook for information on how to estimate the actual flow on any given run.
Click on the icon, when present, for run-specific put-in, take-out and/or rapid location information.
Click on the icon, when present, for a composite view showing gauges and runs in the same drainage or general area.
The terms "run" and "reach" are used interchangeably;
both mean a specific section of some river or stream that is typically paddled during a single trip.
Of course you're not necessarily limited to these access points and may choose others,
though be sure to consider the legal and logistical aspects first.
Also, be aware that access points may not be accurately measured or displayed,
and in any case can change over time, so please don't take the published access points too literally.
In particular, many access points are shown as the middle of a bridge;
this doesn't mean you should seal launch off, but rather scout around for the best river-side access.
Information on the runs listed below was taken from one (or more) of the following sources:
|Tag||Title and Author|
|Turner||Montana Surf - Nick Turner, Matt Wilson, Russ Fry.|
Almost all of the runs below have some basic information about the run: the length,
the class, and a tag indicating which guidebook the information was taken from
(see the above table for a list of tags).
The page numbers (where given) are for the specified edition of the guide.
The class ratings listed here never include all the nuances in the guidebook.
Note very carefully that the information supplied here is intended only as an aid
to selecting runs which might appeal to you.
Different authors rate runs differently, some runs have significant rapids and
hazards not covered by the ratings given here, and ratings change with flow.
Also, only a fraction of the information in the guidebooks is presented here.
PLEASE CONSULT AN APPLICABLE GUIDEBOOK before selecting a run to paddle.
Many of the runs listed below have links to web pages that describe the run and associated logistics.
Many also provide interesting photos.
Note: these are third-party web sites, though, and as such Dreamflows cannot vouch for the accuracy or completeness of the information provided;
nor are the opinions expressed necessarily shared by Dreamflows.
Note also that for many runs, the logistical information is taken from a hardcopy book, even though there are one or more links to online pages as well.
This offers the reader multiple sources of run information.
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No. Blackfoot - Near Ovando
Gauge located near county road bridge, 2.2 miles above Main Blackfoot confluence. Gauge elevation 4060 feet.
Blackfoot - Near Bonner
North Fork Blackfoot River - Upper Run (4 miles, III to V-, Turner p44) AWA
Gauge located 5 miles below Union Creek. Gauge elevation 3345 feet.
Clark Fork - At St. Regis
Blackfoot River - Scotty Brown Bridge to Johnsrud Park (32 miles, II to III, AWA) AWA
Gauge located at St. Regis, 0.4 miles below St. Regis River confluence. Gauge elevation 2600 feet.
Prospect Creek - At Thompson Falls
Clark Fork River - Cyr Bridge to Tarkio (Alberton Gorge) (10 miles, III to IV, Turner p38) AWA
Gauge located 500 feet downstream from Dry Creek, 0.5 miles upstream from mouth. Gauge elevation 2382 feet.
No. Flathead - Near Columbia Falls
Prospect Creek - Lower Run (3 miles, IV+ to V, Turner p52) AWA
Gauge located 1.5 miles below Canyon Creek, 3.8 miles above Middle Fork confluence. Gauge elevation 3146 feet.
Mi. Flathead - Near West Glacier
North Fork Flathead River - Big Creek to Glacier Rim (11 miles, II to III, Turner p120) AWA
Gauge located 0.8 miles below McDonald Creek, 3.5 miles above North Fork confluence. Gauge elevation 3129 feet.
So. Flathead - Above Hungry Horse Res
Gauge located 0.4 miles above Twin Creek, 2.5 miles above Hungry Horse Reservoir. Gauge elevation 3575 feet.
Swan - Near Bigfork
South Fork Flathead River - Big Prairie to Mid Creek Access (47 miles, I to II very scenic, Turner p118) AWA
Gauge located 0.2 miles below Johnson Creek, 0.4 miles below Swan Lake. Gauge elevation 3063 feet.
Flathead - Near Polson
Swan River - Wild Mile (1.2 miles, IV to V, Turner p122)
Gauge located 0.5 miles below Kerr Dam, 5 miles below Flathead Lake. Gauge elevation 2693 feet.
Kootenai - Below Libby Dam
Flathead River - Kerr Dam to Buffalo Bridge Road (Buffalo Rapids) (6.5 miles, III to III+, Turner p124)
Gauge located 0.7 miles below Libby Dam. Gauge elevation 2100 feet.
Yaak - Near Troy
Kootenai River - Below Kootenai Falls (1.5 miles, IV+, Turner p134)
Gauge located 500 feet above bridge on Hwy-2, 0.3 miles above mouth. Gauge elevation 1839 feet.
Madison - Below Hebgen Lake
Gauge located 0.3 miles below Hebgen Dam. Gauge elevation 6448 feet.
Madison - Below Ennis Lake
Gauge located 500 feet below Madison powerplant, 1.5 miles below Ennis Lake. Gauge elevation 4689 feet.
Gallatin - Near Gallatin Gateway
Madison - Beartrap Canyon (10 miles, III+ to IV+, Turner p148)
Gauge located 0.3 miles below Spanish Creek, 7.3 miles above Gallatin Gateway. Gauge elevation 5168 feet.
Smith - Below Eagle Creek
Gauge located at road bridge, 0.6 miles below Eagle Creek, 2.1 miles below Camp Baker. Gauge elevation 4350 feet.
Belt Creek - Near Monarch
Smith River - Camp Baker to Eden Bridge (59 Miles, I to III, AWA) AWA Permit Info
Gauge located 0.4 miles above Evans-Riceville Rd bridge at Riceville. Gauge elevation 3962 feet.
Yellowstone - At Corwin Springs
Gauge located 20 feet below county road bridge at Corwin Springs, 1.3 miles above Mulherin Creek. Gauge elevation 5079 feet.
Yellowstone - Near Livingston
Gauge located 2 miles below Suce Creek, 4 miles south of Livingston. Gauge elevation 4542 feet.
Boulder - At Big Timber
Gauge located 150 feet above Old Boulder Bridge, 1 mile east of Big Timber. Gauge elevation 4056 feet.
Stillwater - Near Absarokee
Gauge located 3 miles below Rosebud Creek, 3.5 miles northeast of Absarokee. Gauge elevation 3950 feet.
West Rosebud Cr - At Emerald Lake CG
Stillwater River - 3-day Mission Run (24 miles, V+, Turner p170)
Stillwater River - Woodbine Run (3.5 miles, V, Turner p176) AWA
Stillwater River - Buffalo Jump to Cliff Swallow (11.8 miles, I to III, AWA) AWA
Stillwater River - Absarokee to Whitebird (8 miles, II to III, Turner p178) AWA
Stillwater River - Whitebird to Fireman’s Point (4.5 miles, III to III+, Turner p180) AWA
Computed flow site located at Emerald Lake Campground, 250 feet above Emerald Lake. Gauge elevation 6340 feet.
Rock Creek - Near Red Lodge
West Rosebud Creek - Emerald Lake to Pine Grove CG (3 miles, III to IV+, Turner p188) AWA
Gauge located 3 miles above West Fork Rock Creek. Gauge elevation 6400 feet.
CF Yellowstone - Near Belfry
Rock Creek - Lake Fork to outside Red Lodge (2.5 miles, III to IV, Turner p190)
Gauge located 1.3 miles below Wyoming-Montana State line, 3 miles above Dilworth Creek. Gauge elevation 3986 feet.
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Clarks Fork Yellowstone River - Stix and Stones (4.7 miles, V+, Turner p62) AWA
Clarks Fork Yellowstone River - Day Stretch (4 miles, IV to IV+, Turner p70) AWA
Clarks Fork Yellowstone River - Honeymooner (3 miles, V to V+, Turner p72) AWA
Clarks Fork Yellowstone River - Box (19 miles, V to V+, Turner p64) AWA
Clarks Fork Yellowstone River - Lower Run (3 miles, IV to V-, Turner p76) AWA
List of Composite Maps
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USGS - Montana Real-Time Flow Index