Belt Creek, Montana, US
2. Monarch to Riceville
||II-III (for normal flows)
Into the Sluiceboxes
Into the SluiceboxesPhoto of D-Man by Dave Amman taken 06/18/05 @ about 450 cfs
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