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Difficulty II-III
Length 50 Miles
Gauge Rock Creek near Clinton MT
Flow Range 300 - 5000 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 36 minutes ago 201 [CFS] ℹ️
Reach Info Last Updated 07/10/2012 7:31 pm

River Description


Rock Creek offers a scenic and pleasant float trip for kayakers, canoeists, and rafters that is predominantly straighforward Class I-II and features exceptional angling.  The exception to the relatively simple channel is a short section of whitewater called the Dalles, located near the campground of the same name.  Whitewater paddlers can find good put-ins and take-outs along the road to paddle just the Dalles.

The Dalles is a slalom paddlers dream, and a great training ground for technical paddling.  While the whitewater is fairly low gradient and generally has easy routes through, the smooth gumdrop boulders scattered around the river offer challenging ferries, boofs, and eddy turn sequences. 

As with all rivers, especially in Montana, wood is a significant hazard so stay alert.  Rock Creek is a treasured angling desitnation so please give anglers plenty of room on the river, and if you are fishing be sure to check on the unusual regulations that are unique to Rock Creek. 

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Date Flow Result Factor  
2018-06-17 High Fatality One Boat Trip Read More
2010-06-09 n/a Fatality Inadequate Equipment Read More

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Flathead River Tributaries Get Protection for Christmas (MT)

2019-01-11 14:45:00-05
Kevin Colburn

Wild rivers and their enthusiasts got some good news with the release of the new 15-20 year Forest plan for the Flathead National Forest. The decision newly protects 22 streams as eligible for Wild and Scenic designation, based in large part on the advocacy of American Whitewater and our awesome partners and members in Montana. These protections will serve as a vital steppingstone to the designation of some of our Nation’s most outstanding headwater streams. 

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Appeal Challenging Montana Navigability Is Denied

2003-07-28 00:00:00-04
Jason Robertson

On May 28 the U.S. Supreme Court denied an appeal by Mountain States Legal Foundation who filed a lawsuit in June 2001 alleging the 1985 Montana Stream Access Law violated their rights under the U.S. Constitution to regulate who floated over their land.

The decision thereby protects Montana's Stream access law and public rights of navigation throughout the State.

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River Recreationists Win Big in Montana!

2001-01-09 00:00:00-05
Jason Robertson

The Missoulian newspaper reported on January 5th, 2001 that U.S. District Judge Charles C. Lovell dismissed a case brought by the Mountain States Legal Foundation challenging public recreational rights on Montana’s rivers and streams. This is a huge win for boaters and fishermen!
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