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Difficulty IV
Length 22 Miles
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Reach Info Last Updated 01/19/2002 1:57 pm

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Class rating from MT DFWP water_char field in rec.db

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Brian French
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11 years ago

As of 5/12/07, the Vermillion is reportedly stacked full of wood on the lower reaches. The upper portion of the canyon at Vermillion Falls is blocked by wood, and the lower canyon has lots of nasty wood as well, but is runnable for a ways. Most of the lower stretch is Class II with lots of portages - be prepared for a LONG day if you try to do the whole reach (from the headwaters down).

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team 85
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8 years ago

I looked at the river may 25th 2010, the river above the falls is in a deep canyon and cant be scouted from the road, from what I saw it was nothing but class two water with class six log jams all the way down it, I don't know why it is rated class four, besides the falls, Which i couldn't even get good pictures of. They are in a very narrow, deep gorge and I didn't want to try and climb any farther without some rope. on each side of the falls the gorge is very crumbley rock and footing is hard to keep. there is also a "Fish Trap" (that looks a lot like a dredge) right at the bottom of the falls that spans 3/4 of the river. if the water was a little higher and the trap was gone it looks like it would be a great class 5 run.

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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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