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Difficulty II
Length 40 Miles
Gauge Blackfoot R ab Nevada Cr nr Helmville MT
Flow Range 3.00 - 7.50 FT
Flow Rate as of: 50 minutes ago 6.42 [FT] ℹ️
Reach Info Last Updated 01/18/2002 10:03 am

River Description

Class rating from MT DFWP water_char field in rec.db

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Brad Cederberg
8 years ago

Comments on the river below. PLEASE LET ME KNOW IF YOU FIND MY BOAT, REWARD FOR SAFE RETURN! We lost a maroon and gray "Wilderness II" single man pontoon boat. It was lost stuck in a log jam on river left about one mile by river from the River Junction put in. please email me at We learned the hard way that this section of river is running a little higher than normal. We were set up for a lazy river float (what it would normally be this time of year). Turns out this river is at least a month behind normal river flow. Per above post, we were wrong. Everyone got out just fine but we lost a boat. River Junction to Scotty Brown bridge is just shy of three hours. Beautiful float. Float this section if you are looking for less traffic and a terrific camp spot at put out. The end of the road to RJ is a little rough be manageable without 4x4.

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Blackfoot River Management Plan Released (MT)

Kevin Colburn

On March 18, 2010 the Montana Department of Fish Wildlife and Parks (FWP) released their new management plan for the Blackfoot River.  After conducting their analysis and considering public input, FWP decided not to institute a limited permit system on the Blackfoot.

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Appeal Challenging Montana Navigability Is Denied

Jason Robertson

On May 28 the U.S. Supreme Court denied an appeal by Mountain States Legal Foundation who filed a lawsuit in June 2001 alleging the 1985 Montana Stream Access Law violated their rights under the U.S. Constitution to regulate who floated over their land.

The decision thereby protects Montana's Stream access law and public rights of navigation throughout the State.

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River Recreationists Win Big in Montana!

Jason Robertson

The Missoulian newspaper reported on January 5th, 2001 that U.S. District Judge Charles C. Lovell dismissed a case brought by the Mountain States Legal Foundation challenging public recreational rights on Montana’s rivers and streams. This is a huge win for boaters and fishermen!

Matt Muir


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