Elk Creek (Swan Trib) - Hike In


Elk Creek (Swan Trib), Montana, US

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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 01h11m 346 cfs (too high)


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

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Casey warming up on Elk Creek

Detail Trip Report  Casey warming up on Elk Creek  @Elk Creek (Swan Trib) Hike In, (6.59MB .jpeg)

Hiking into Elk Creek

Detail Trip Report  Hiking into Elk Creek  @Elk Creek (Swan Trib) Hike In, MT(6.82MB .jpeg)


Gauge Information

We have no additional information about how various flows affect runnability (or playability) of this section of river. If you can provide additional information, please either directly contact the StreamTeam member for this reach, or add a 'comment' or a 'report' with your information to help out your fellow boaters.

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
Mission Creek ab reservoir nr St. Ignatius MT
usgs-12377150 125 - 170 cfs IV-V 01h11m 346 cfs (too high)
Flow estimates based on limited data: one high side of medium descent at 150cfs
RangeWater LevelDifficultyComment
125 - 170 cfs barely runnable-high runnable IV-V Based on a single high side of medium flow at 150cfs

Report - Reports of Elk Creek (Swan Trib) Hike In and related gauges

Reports give the public a chance to report on river conditions throughout the country as well as log the history of a river.

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When River/Gauge Subject Level Reporter
1y50d12h12m @Elk Creek (Swan Trib) Hike In [MT] Hiking into Elk Creek 0 cfs Kevin Colburn
6y30d12h32m @Elk Creek (Swan Trib) Hike In Casey warming up on Elk Creek high runnable Kevin Colburn

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