Belt Creek - 2. Monarch to Riceville


Belt Creek, Montana, US

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2. Monarch to Riceville

Usual Difficulty II-III (for normal flows)
Length 14 Miles

Into the Sluiceboxes


Into the Sluiceboxes
Photo of D-Man by Dave Amman taken 06/18/05 @ about 450 cfs

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
Belt Creek near Monarch MT
usgs-06090500 150 - 1000 cfs II-III 00h29m 38.9 cfs (too low)


River Description

Dustin Prinzing reported on 2008-05-27:

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.  


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Last Updated: 2018-06-21 20:55:59

Rapid Descriptions

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User Comments

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August 31 2010 (2969 days ago)
MT_Dweller (152361)
looks like MT FWP removed the logjam in the canyon on Aug 6 2010. Was up there last weekend in
August and took a short hike up. At home saw these posts and then investigated further. See full
article here: http://www.kxlh.com/news/logjam-removed-belt-creek-open-again/
May 16 2010 (3076 days ago)
Dustin PrinzingDetails
May 16, 2010- Monarch to Logging creek bridge was clear (except for fence and one strainer) Below
logging creek encountered numerous green trees sheared by last weeks storm, many of these bound to
end up in the water downstream. Approximately 1/4 way down from the start of the "box" encountered
one passable log jam and another which was impassable after the 2nd entrance rapid. Scouting
revealed at LEAST one more complete jam. Due to rising levels, many new greens will make their way
down to current jams and clearing these could be difficult.
May 25 2009 (3431 days ago)
x (1)
Had a friend who was planning on floating Belt Creek this past weekend but they heard that it is
currently not runnable due to two log-jams.
June 18 2008 (3773 days ago)
Paul MartzenDetails
Gauge information. There was a USGS gauge at Monarch from 1951 to 1982. Historical data from that
gauge is available at: http://nwis.waterdata.usgs.gov/mt/nwis/inventory/?site_no=06090500&
Other historical USGS gauges on Belt Creek can be found at:
http://nwis.waterdata.usgs.gov/mt/nwis/inventory?search_station_nm=belt+creek&search_station_nm_match_type=beginning&format=station_list&sort_key=site_no&group_key=NONE&sitefile_output_format=html_table&column_name=agency_cd&column_name=site_no&column_name=station_nm&list_of_search_criteria=search_station_nm
The topo map shows a gauge site just upstream of Rice. USGS does not list this gauge so it may be
maintained by another agency. It may or may not be currently functional.
June 2 2008 (3788 days ago)
ryan fordeDetails
If you are looking to put on with a raft, logging creek bridge is a good put on. From Monarch to
logging creek is much less raft friendly and there are barb wire fences. From logging creek down
there are not any fences and the water is deeper. There are a couple cabins on one side of the
creek at logging creek, put on on the opposite side of the cabins. There is a small turn out on
that side and just up river from it is a nice grassy place to walk your boats down.
May 27 2008 (3794 days ago)
Dustin PrinzingDetails
Monarch to the sluice box takeout: No info on gauges, but if theres around 4-6 inches at the
monarch put-in, its do able. Itll take around 5-8hrs depending on flow and stops. Its absolutely
beautiful, a mini-smith river. A few class 3's above canyon (which starts about the last 3rd of the
float) you should watch out for, 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 at lower water not a
danger. I would caution to do it higher flows bc of the hydraulics, yet we did talk to someone
today who did it and they went through it fine. Make sure to stop and throw a line in of theres a
hatch. Also fairly close to monarch theres a barb-wire fence, and depending on flows you might have
to portage but its not blind. I also recomend doing the neihart section, we did it today at real
high flows in ik's and its definitly a ride.
May 23 2008 (3799 days ago)
x (1)
Anyone got any info on this one? I am looking to run Belt creek through the Sluiceboxes and I
cannot find much info. Even stage/Gauge info would be helpful, i.e. when it is too high, too low
etc. Thanks in advance.


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