Missouri, Montana, US
|Usual Difficulty||II(V) (for normal flows)|
From a comment posted 2008-05-30:
The stretch of water below Morony dam offers a great day float for those interested in seeing a different part of the Missouri. There are two optional takeouts; one at Widow Coulee on Highwood Road (shorter float but longer shuttle) or at Carter Ferry. I've floated this stretch several times and love it.
Right when you put on you want to get river right to catch the nice class II run, but watch out for a couple ledges that could surprise you. It's a very short time before you get to Belt Creek, you'll see a high grass ridge jetting quickly to a huge wave at med-high flows. Even though it's only a 30-50 yd stretch, the wave there is sweet and offers great play.
After another 2 miles of swift Class II you'll come upon the ledge. This is the stopping point for a motorized craft downstream, and at med-high flows is pretty sweet.
Be sure to scout and scramble up the hill to see a Lewis and Clark marker commemorating their portage. Running the ledge is possible through the tongue. For those not interested, the line is river left.
There is also another sweet play wave right above this ledge at med-high flows, and a sneak line hugging the right cliff. Another 2 miles of II's and you're at Widow Coulee (look for an outhouse) or another 5 miles or so to Carter.
|Mile||Rapid Name||Class||Features (Legend)|
|0.0||Great Falls Rainbow Falls||IV+|
|0.0||Great Falls Mighty MO|