Vermilion - Headwaters to Clark Fork R.

Vermilion, Montana, US


Headwaters to Clark Fork R.

Usual Difficulty IV (for normal flows)
Length 22 Miles

River Description

Class rating from MT DFWP water_char field in rec.db
StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2002-01-19 13:57:48

Rapid Descriptions

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User Comments

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May 26 2010 (3096 days ago)
team_eightyfive (148175)
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.
May 15 2007 (4203 days ago)
Brian FrenchDetails
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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