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.
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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Hiking into the South Fork Two Med
One of the ledge drops on the SF Two Med
Rocky Mountain Front Scenery
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In a big win for rivers, the Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest released their new Forest Plan this month. The Forest includes the classic Multi-day section of the Smith River, the headwaters of the Blackfoot River, and the rugged and beautiful Rocky Mountain Front region of Montana. The new Forest Plan offers interim protection for 360 miles of incredible rivers by finding them eligible for Wild and Scenic designation – triple the river miles protected under the old plan. A full 250 of the protected river miles are on whitewater rivers. American Whitewater and the paddling community has offered support for this decision since at least 2014, and the Forest Service has done a great job.
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