Graves Creek is one of the most full-on challenging Class V+ whitewater runs in Montana. It has also been described as one of the best. Graves offers a tight series of powerful bedrock waterfalls and slides in a steep and remote valley lined with dense and hobbling alders. Upper Graves, above Hankerchief Lake is the more typical and relatively user-friendly section. Below the lake is a significant step up.
Access is by hiking with your boat.
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Next month marks the 40th anniversary of the designation of Montana's four Wild and Scenic Rivers (3 Flathead Forks + the Missouri). We now have a once-in-a-generation chance to expand on that incredible legacy of river conservation in Montana. Take action to support new river protections on the Flathead National Forest this week!
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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