Difficulty II-III
Length 4 Miles
Gauge Teton River bl South Fork nr Choteau MT
Flow Range 400 - 900 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 1 hour ago 118 [CFS] ℹ️
Reach Info Last Updated 05/08/2019 5:05 pm

River Description

The Box Canyon of the North Fork Teton River is a very nice class II-III whitewater run through a dramatic but open limestone canyon. The road access, relative rarity of strainers, ease of scouting, and moderate bedrock and boulder whitewater make this a good option for intermediate paddlers looking to experience the Rocky Mountain Front by boat.

When flows are good you will likely want to continue another 6-10 miles down the roadside run of the North Fork which cuts through numerous limestone reefs. There is great camping on pull-offs and in campgrounds along the roadside section. The South Fork Teton also offers a roadside section that is nearby.

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National Forest Protects 360 Miles of Streams in Montana

Kevin Colburn

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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Appeal Challenging Montana Navigability Is Denied

Jason Robertson

On May 28 the U.S. Supreme Court denied an appeal by Mountain States Legal Foundation who filed a lawsuit in June 2001 alleging the 1985 Montana Stream Access Law violated their rights under the U.S. Constitution to regulate who floated over their land.

The decision thereby protects Montana's Stream access law and public rights of navigation throughout the State.

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River Recreationists Win Big in Montana!

Jason Robertson

The Missoulian newspaper reported on January 5th, 2001 that U.S. District Judge Charles C. Lovell dismissed a case brought by the Mountain States Legal Foundation challenging public recreational rights on Montana’s rivers and streams. This is a huge win for boaters and fishermen!

Kevin Colburn




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