Elk Creek (Swan Trib) - Hike In

Elk Creek (Swan Trib), Montana, US


Hike In

Usual Difficulty IV-V (for normal flows)
Length 4 Miles

Casey warming up on Elk Creek

Casey warming up on Elk Creek
Photo of Casey Wilcox by Kevin Colburn taken 05/24/12 @ high runnable

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
Mission Creek ab reservoir nr St. Ignatius MT
usgs-12377150 125 - 170 cfs IV-V 00h22m 10.1 cfs (too low)

River Description

Elk Creek is a remote Wilderness adventure requiring a significant hike up a remote and spectacular valley.  The whitewater is comprised of three distinct sets of Class IV and V whitewater seperated by meandering sections flowing through open meadows.  The whitewater is a mix of quality boulder and bedrock rapids, and portaging is reasonable as needed.  Expect some wood portages, but as of 2012 these were not excessive.  There is no trail along the creek, so once you drop in you are on your own in a very wild valley.  Bring your bear spray. 

StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2012-08-16 17:57:55


Rapid Descriptions

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