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Difficulty III-V
Length 4 Miles
Gauge Clarks Fork Yellowstone River nr Belfry MT
Flow Range 700 - 5000 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 1 hour ago 335 [CFS]
Reach Info Last Updated 05/26/2008 2:01 pm

River Description

From the Bridge over Crandall Creek, every paddler's eye is immediately drawn to the churning waters funneling into a 5-foot wide, 25-foot long chasm carved through the solid granite. Though routinely portaged, this is a most impressive drop and an exciting way to kick off a run down this oft-overlooked gem.
A tributary of the Clarks Fork, Crandall Creek is the Box's baby brother. Throughout the run, sheer cliff walls reaching up to sixty feet tower overhead, closing to less than a boats' length in several places before reaching the confluence with the Clarks Fork. The water is crystal clear, vacillating between the deep greens of the large pools and a rich turquoise. Though the whitewater tops out at class IV+, scouting all blind drops is advised as some lines could prove to be disastrous. The rapids are unique and evenly spaced, providing a great opportunity for solid Class III-IV boaters to add some new tricks to their bag.
Crandall Creek is an outstanding intermediate run for the up-and-coming creek boater, sporting fewer objective hazards and a much lower volume than other sections of the Clarks Fork. It can easily be combined with the

Day Stretch



for a full day of diverse whitewater.

Paul Kopczynski, Billings, MT 406/259-3408


The various reaches of the Clarks Fork Drainage:
Styx and Stones (Class V+/VI),
The Upper (Class IV/V+),
Honeymoon (Class IV/V+),
The Box (Class V+/VI),
Lower (Class IV/V), and
Crandall Creek (Class IV).



Rapid Descriptions


Gage Descriptions

Gauge is by sight looking over the bridge from the Chief Joseph Highway.

Directions Description

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Save The Date: Wild West River Fest (WY)

Kestrel Kunz

Cody, Wyoming - This August 19 & 20 the Wild West Paddle Club is hosting the 2017 Wild West River Fest in Cody, Wyoming. In celebration of the beautiful Shoshone River, the Fest has events for everyone - Slalom Race, Class II Sprint, Shoshone Canyon Boater Cross, and many other fun activities for the whole family! Weekend festivities are free to the public, with the exception of race registration fees for competitors. You can find a full schedule here and all competitors need to register online in advance.  


David Schroeder


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1192275 05/26/08 David Schroeder n/a