Rattlesnake Creek - Backcountry Run

Rattlesnake Creek, Montana, US


Backcountry Run

Usual Difficulty III-V+ (for normal flows)
Length 15 Miles

Chill Section on Upper Rattlesnake

Chill Section on Upper Rattlesnake
Photo taken 12/02/09

River Description

Upper Rattlesnake Creek is a challenging adventure that has been tackled by only a few groups. The run is characterized by a long hike in, a Class IV gorge and a class V gorge above Franklin Bridge, followed by several miles of braided beaverdams (ie portage-fest), and finally several miles of fast Class II/III.  The scenery and wildlife viewing are incredible, as is the physical challenge. 

Track flows here

StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2017-12-12 15:16:58


Rapid Descriptions

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User Comments

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July 1 2017 (503 days ago)
skycova (159304)
Floaters of Rattlesnake Creek should note the presence of a very hazardous dam below the Sawmill
Gulch Road bridge, and above the trailhead at the end of Duncan Drive. This section should be
avoided, as the dam usually acts like a large concrete strainer that cannot be seen from above.
Floaters who enter the section and encounter a large concrete structure to river left should exit
left above the structure, haul boats, and walk the trails around the area toward Duncan Drive. Put
back in below the dam, and you have an excellent float on the lower section. Link to beta on this
section: https://www.americanwhitewater.org/content/River/detail/id/10233/

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