Difficulty II-III
Length 7 Miles
Gauge Teton River bl South Fork nr Choteau MT
Flow Range 400 - 900 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 1 hour ago 476 [CFS] ℹ️
Reach Info Last Updated 05/08/2019 5:06 pm

River Description

Beautiful splashy class II-III roadside bluewater run on the Rocky Mountain Front.  There are no distinct rapids, just non-stop splashy rapids with a few moves here and there.  Choose your own adventure, and enjoy the scenery.

One word of caution about gages on the Rocky Mountain Front.  In most cases, the rivers flowing off the Front decrease in volume as they flow out into the plains.  This is because they are heavily diverted for agriculture.  Rely on gages with a significant measure of caution since diversions severely alter flows, typically immediately upon the rivers leaving the mountains or even sooner. 

Rapid Descriptions


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1 month ago

Yeah this more of a nice class 2. May be at higher flow you might hit class 3. If you want a ride put in at the box canyon further up the road. This lower section usually has barbed wire across the river, which if it is under the flood plain I believe is illegal.

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Bill Fordyce
8 years ago

Put in at the first cattle guard below Clary Coulee Trail head and got out at the South Fork Bridge. A nice class I boogie water run--Don't know where the class II-III run is?

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