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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
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Flow on this run is likely to differ markedly from reported flow - see second paragraph below.
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General Information

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:

TagTitle and Author
AWAAmerican Whitewater.
OregonKayakingOregon Kayaking - Jason Rackley.
TurnerMontana Surf - Nick Turner, Matt Wilson, Russ Fry.
WWWWestern Whitewater - Cassady, Cross and Calhoun.

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.

Note also that the class rating will sometimes have a qualifier appended in parentheses.  If the rating (for example) were given as III to IV, then this means the run is generally considered Class III to IV at normal flows.  If the rating were III to IV (V) instead, then that would mean the run was class III to IV overall, but that it contained class V rapid(s).  If the rating were III to IV (P) instead, then that would mean the run was class III to IV overall, but that it contained portage(s).  Note: for various reasons (e.g. qualifier omissions in guidebooks, or the river's changed), some entries that should have a qualifier might not show one.  So, if you don't see a qualifier for a given run, then don't assume that one doesn't apply.

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, plus there are one or more links to online pages as well.  This offers the reader more sources of run information.

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Montana Rivers

No. Blackfoot - Near Ovando
Gauge located near county road bridge, 2.2 miles above Main Blackfoot confluence.  Gauge elevation 4060 feet.
  North Fork Blackfoot River - Upper Run (4 miles, III to V-, Turner p44)        AWA

Blackfoot - Near Bonner
Gauge located 5 miles below Union Creek.  Gauge elevation 3345 feet.
  Blackfoot River - Scotty Brown Bridge to Johnsrud Park (32 miles, II to III, AWA)        AWA

Clark Fork - At St. Regis
Gauge located at St. Regis, 0.4 miles below St. Regis River confluence.  Gauge elevation 2600 feet.
  Clark Fork River - Cyr Bridge to Tarkio (Alberton Gorge) (10 miles, III to IV, Turner p38)        AWA

Prospect Creek - At Thompson Falls
Gauge located 500 feet downstream from Dry Creek, 0.5 miles upstream from mouth.  Gauge elevation 2382 feet.
  Prospect Creek - Lower Run (3 miles, IV+ to V, Turner p52)        AWA

No. Flathead - Near Columbia Falls
Gauge located 1.5 miles below Canyon Creek, 3.8 miles above Middle Fork confluence.  Gauge elevation 3146 feet.
  North Fork Flathead River - Big Creek to Glacier Rim (11 miles, II to III, Turner p120)        AWA

Mi. Flathead - Near West Glacier
Gauge located 0.8 miles below McDonald Creek, 3.5 miles above North Fork confluence.  Gauge elevation 3129 feet.
  Middle Fork Flathead River - Schafer Meadows to Bear Creek (27.5 miles, IV, WWW p128)        AWA
  Middle Fork Flathead River - Bear Creek to Moccasin Creek (31 miles, II+, WWW p128)        AWA  Buy the Guidebook
  Middle Fork Flathead River - Moccasin Creek Access to West Glacier (8 miles, III, WWW p128)        AWA  Buy the Guidebook
  Middle Fork Flathead River - West Glacier to Blankenship Bridge (6 miles, II, WWW p128)        AWA  Buy the Guidebook

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.
  South Fork Flathead River - Big Prairie to Mid Creek Access (31 miles, II (IV,P), WWW p132)        AWA

Swan - Near Bigfork
Gauge located 0.2 miles below Johnson Creek, 0.4 miles below Swan Lake.  Gauge elevation 3063 feet.
  Swan River - Wild Mile (1.2 miles, IV to V (dam), Turner p122)      

Flathead - Near Polson
Gauge located 0.5 miles below Kerr Dam, 5 miles below Flathead Lake.  Gauge elevation 2693 feet.
  Flathead River - Kerr Dam to Buffalo Bridge Road (Buffalo Rapids) (7 miles, III, WWW p135)      

Kootenai - Below Libby Dam
Gauge located 0.7 miles below Libby Dam.  Gauge elevation 2100 feet.
  Kootenai River - Below Kootenai Falls (1.5 miles, IV+, Turner p134)    

Yaak - Near Troy
Gauge located 500 feet above bridge on Hwy-2, 0.3 miles above mouth.  Gauge elevation 1839 feet.
  Yaak River - Spread Creek to Yaak Falls (16 miles, II to III, AWA)        AWA
  Yaak River - Yaak Falls to Hwy-2 (9 miles, III to IV (IV+), Turner p136)        AWA

Big Hole - Near Glen
Gauge located at Buffalo Jump, at Sandy Hollow, 8.5 miles below Glen.  Gauge elevation 4850 feet.
  Big Hole River - Divide Bridge to Beaverhead River (51.8 miles, II, AWA)      AWA

Madison - Below Hebgen Lake
Gauge located 0.3 miles below Hebgen Dam.  Gauge elevation 6448 feet.
  Madison - Hebgen Reservoir to Quake Lake (3 miles, II to III, AWA)        AWA
  Madison - Earthquake Lake Run (1.7 miles, IV+ to V+, Turner p146)        AWA

Madison - Below Ennis Lake
Gauge located 500 feet below Madison powerplant, 1.5 miles below Ennis Lake.  Gauge elevation 4689 feet.
  Madison - Beartrap Canyon (10 miles, III+ to IV+, Turner p148)      

Gallatin - Near Gallatin Gateway
Gauge located 0.3 miles below Spanish Creek, 7.3 miles above Gallatin Gateway.  Gauge elevation 5168 feet.
  Gallatin River - Yellowstone National Park to Big Sky (20 miles, I to II, AWA)        AWA
  Gallatin River - Big Sky to Moose Flats (8 miles, II to III, Turner p152)      
  Gallatin River - Moose Flats to Storm Castle (8 miles, III to IV, Turner p154)      
  Gallatin River - Storm Castle to Squaw Creek (2.5 miles, II to III, Turner p156)      

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.
  Smith River - Camp Baker to Eden Bridge (59 Miles, I to III, AWA)      AWA

Belt Creek - Near Monarch
Gauge located 0.4 miles above Evans-Riceville Rd bridge at Riceville.  Gauge elevation 3962 feet.
  Belt Creek - Sec 15 to Monarch (Neihart Section) (19 miles, II to III, AWA)        AWA
  Belt Creek - Monarch to Riceville (14 miles, II to III, AWA)        AWA

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 River - Black Canyon (20 miles, V to V+ (P), Turner p228)      
  Yellowstone River - Gardiner Run (4 miles, II to III+, Turner p224)      
  Yellowstone River - Yankee Jim Canyon (4 miles, III to IV, Turner p226)      

Yellowstone - Near Livingston
Gauge located 2 miles below Suce Creek, 4 miles south of Livingston.  Gauge elevation 4542 feet.
  Yellowstone River - Springdale FAS to Grey Bear FAS (9 miles, II to III, Turner p214)      
  Yellowstone River - Otter Creek FAS to Pelican FAS (10 miles, III, Turner p216)      

Boulder - At Big Timber
Gauge located 150 feet above Old Boulder Bridge, 1 mile east of Big Timber.  Gauge elevation 4056 feet.
  Boulder River - Hells Canyon (3.25 miles, IV+ to V (P), Turner p210)        AWA
  Boulder River - Bible Stretch (6.5 miles, III to IV, Turner p212)        AWA
  Boulder River - Chippy Park Campground to Boulder Falls (9 miles, II to III, AWA)        AWA
  Boulder River - Boulder Falls to Highway (Boulder Falls Canyon) (1 mile, V+, AWA)        AWA

Stillwater - Near Absarokee
Gauge located 0.8 miles below Rosebud Creek, 1.4 miles above Buck Creek.  Gauge elevation 3957 feet.
  Stillwater River - 3-day Mission Run (24 miles, V+ (P), 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 (III), Turner p178)        AWA
  Stillwater River - Whitebird to Fireman’s Point (4.5 miles, III to III+, Turner p180)        AWA

West Rosebud Cr - At Emerald Lake CG
Computed flow site located at Emerald Lake Campground, 250 feet above Emerald Lake.  Gauge elevation 6340 feet.
  West Rosebud Creek - Emerald Lake to Pine Grove CG (3 miles, III to IV+, Turner p188)        AWA

Rock Creek - Near Red Lodge
Gauge located 3 miles above West Fork Rock Creek.  Gauge elevation 6400 feet.
  Rock Creek - Lake Fork to outside Red Lodge (2.5 miles, III to IV, Turner p190)    

CF Yellowstone - Near Belfry
Gauge located 1.3 miles below Wyoming-Montana State line, 3 miles above Dilworth Creek.  Gauge elevation 3986 feet.
  Clarks Fork Yellowstone River - Stix and Stones (4.7 miles, V+ (P), Turner p62)        AWA
  Clarks Fork Yellowstone River - Day Stretch (4 miles, IV to IV+ (V+,P), 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+ (VI,P), Turner p64)        AWA  OregonKayaking
  Clarks Fork Yellowstone River - Lower Run (3 miles, IV to V-, Turner p76)        AWA

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List of Composite Maps

River/StreamComposite Map
Belt CreekBelt Creek
Blackfoot RiverBlackfoot River - Montana
Boulder RiverBoulder River
Clark ForkClark Fork River
Flathead RiverFlathead, Swan Rivers
Gallatin RiverGallatin River
Madison RiverMadison River
Stillwater RiverStillwater River
Yaak RiverYaak River
Yellowstone RiverClarks Fork Yellowstone River
Yellowstone River

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Montana Links

USGS - Montana Real-Time Flow Index