Boulder, Montana, US
4. Boulder Falls to highway (Boulder Falls Canyon)
||V+ (for normal flows)
Shiloh below Boulder Falls
Shiloh below Boulder FallsPhoto of Shiloh by David Schroeder taken May '06 @ 3500 cfs
Boulder River at Big Timber MT
4.20 - 6.50 ft
Best boatable levels uncertain. Help us out! Add a comment or 'report'.. Gauge is roughly 28 miles downstream, thus does not accurately reflect actual flow in this reach.
Boulder Falls Canyon is a sight no one should miss and is a hell of an exciting run to boot. The
Boulder river charges down a great looking class V-V+ drop before plumetting into an enormous hole
that happens to drain most of the river through the now collapsed "Natural Bridge". The
entire river goes through this hole at lower flows and comes shooting out of the cliffs below into
the Boulder Falls Canyon. Needless to say, don't run the section above the falls... At medium and
high flows, the river actually reaches the lip of the 105' falls creating an incredible scene to
behold. I finally hiked down in there last year with some friends and really enjoyed the stretch of
whitewater that runs below the falls through a striking limestone canyon. There are a few major
sieves in the canyon that you should be wary of, for there is no return from getting sucked in.
They are enormous. Fortunately, you can put in at the base of the falls, paddle to just above the
first rapid and scout the entire canyon on river right. It felt like V+ or 5.1 at 3500 cfs on the
downstream gauge. Definitely manageable, but with very little room for error in a couple places,
and a fairly large pucker factor involved throughout. If you're up for it, try it out. It is a
fantastic view from river level and a Sunday afternoon you won't soon forget.
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Last Updated: 2007-03-22 20:18:21