Belt Creek, Montana, US
|Usual Difficulty||II-III (for normal flows)|
See also Monarch to Riceville.
Belt Creek is a nice class II (III) roadside run that typically is boatable from May-June, depending on snow melt and spring rains. Putting in at Neihart allows you some great class II (III) boogie water that is pretty much continuous for 12 miles or so. There's not a lot of time to enjoy the scenery as the rocks are all around you; this is one run where a bomb proof brace may out weigh a bomb proof roll. Watch out for some low fences and at least one low bridge that forces you to lay on the back of your boat to clear it. From time to time there are strainers that pop up, but as of May 29, 2008 there is only one from Neihart to the St. Thomas camp that has to be portaged. From Monarch through Sluice Boxes the river boxes in with sheer walls on both sides. I haven't run this section before, but friends of mine just got off of it this weekend at flood stage and said there are good size boil lines, reactionary waves, no eddies, and some pretty wacky water along the way. One member of the group flipped and smacked his nose on a rock--result, nine stitches and a pretty messed-up looking face.
Class rating from MT DFWP water_char field in rec.db
Lat/longitude coordinates of the putin are a SWAG.
Dave Amman reports that there appears to be a dependable relationship between the Smith below Eagle Creek and historic gauges on Belt Creek at Riceville Bridge. Find the flow reported by the USGS gauge at the bottom of the page then use Dave's table to find the likely flow in Belt Creek at Riceville.
If the USGS graph is showing feet instead of cfs, click on the link on the right side for the gauge homepage. The homepage shows both stage and cfs.
|Belt Creek [MT]||Upper belt creek||n/a||ryan forde|
|5y139d11h38m||@Belt Creek 1. Sec 15 to Monarch [MT]||From new gauge near Monarch, MT.||3.11 ft||William Trottier|