Difficulty III-IV
Length 0 Miles
Gauge Two Medicine River bl South Fork nr Browning MT
Flow Range 900 - 3500 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 45 minutes ago 1410 [CFS] ℹ️
Reach Info Last Updated 05/08/2019 5:08 pm

River Description

The South Fork of the Two Medicine River offers paddlers an extremely scenic trip through the Rocky Mountain Front.  At flows around 1300 the river is Class III or III+, with the highlights being a handful of bedrock ledge drops.  Higher flows would bump the difficulty up to at least Class IV, with the ledge holes packing some serious power.

Hike in on the Two Med-Heart Butte Trail No. 101 to reach the put in.  Take out on river-right at Heart Butte Cutt-off Road. 

Please respect the private property near the put-in and never block a road or gate.  A Blackfeet Tribal Conservation Permit is required to use the take-out.  These can be conveniently purchased online @ blackfeetfishandwildlife.net. They are $20 per year.  Do not run this river without a conservation permit. Additionally, your boat will need to be inspected in Browning at the Blackfeet Fish and Game checkpoint.

Rapid Descriptions


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Travis Miller
3 years ago

Boating on the reservation is open as of 5/10/17. The zebra mussel inspection station is located 1/4 west of browning on highway 2. Please help protect our waters from invasive species. Also the reservation could fine you up to 5000 dollars. Good run no wood as of 5/12/17.

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1200408 07/13/11 Kevin Colburn Added reach description
1212052 04/26/19 Travis Miller updated description
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