Belt Creek, Montana, US
|Usual Difficulty||II-III (for normal flows)|
|Belt Creek near Monarch MT|
|usgs-06090500||150 - 1000 cfs||II-III||00h29m||38.9 cfs (too low)|
It's absolutely beautiful, a mini-Smith River. You should watch out for a few class 3's above the canyon (which starts about the last 3rd of the float), especially at the entrance but pretty much stay center. The canyon is awesome, swift pushy water could lead to a bunch of wall collisions, but not a serious danger at lower water. I would caution about higher flows because of the hydraulics, yet we did talk to someone today who did it and they went through it fine. It'll take around 5-8 hrs, depending on flow and stops.
Also fairly close to Monarch there's a barbed-wire fence, and depending on flows you might have to portage but it's not blind. I also recommend doing the Neihart section; we did it today at real high flows in IK's and it's definitely a ride.
Belt Creek flows through Sluice Boxes State Park as well as a mix of private property. Please be respectful of private property, and follow State Park rules. Belt Creek has little to no paddling infrastructure (bathrooms, formal launches, etc), so please make every effort to leave no trace in this special river canyon.