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Difficulty II+(V)
Length 11 Miles
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Reach Info Last Updated 11/12/2019 7:00 pm

River Description

Tenderfoot Creek looks like a very pretty paddle into the Smith, with the caveat that there is a significant waterfall that looks hard to walk. 

Class rating from MT DFWP water_char field in rec.db. 

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Appeal Challenging Montana Navigability Is Denied

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!

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!

Matt Muir


Kevin Colburn


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1213878 11/12/19 Kevin Colburn updated stats
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