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Montana whitewater, Bear Creek

Trailside section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS IV-V     2 miles
  If you're coming from Kalispell it's not a long drive at all to the starting location, as you can see on the road map further down. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in Montana tend to be more forgiving than the national average, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that many of the rivers in this state are not very demanding. The wonderful -blank- County scenery and the cool fresh water attract people from near and far. The Trailside
    stretch of Bear Creek in -blank- County is 2 miles long and has been rated as a class IV-V section by American Whitewater. There arenít any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem
but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination. The Trailside section is the only paddling section along Bear Creek. This is a pretty short section so you'd better be prepared to walk your kayak back to put-in a few times. A bit of exercise and just being out on the river for a while have a lot of people coming here. The river winds through the Lewis Range and you get great scenery. No matter if you're whitewater  
rafting or kayaking in this general area you won't find many other paddling places. And of course, there are campgrounds nearby.

Briefly about the general area:
The Edna Creek Trail is a good hiking trail in the neighborhood of Bear Creek, and close by Snowslide Gulch is a magnificent site to go. So much entertaining stuff to do in the Lewis Range, not enough time. There is a pleasant hiking trail close to Bear Creek called the Dirtyface-Logan Creek Trail. From a rainfall point of view Bear Creek is a rather common spot. Of all the months in a year December is the one with the most snow, and the driest month is April.

Bear Creek, Trailside road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.

   

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OUTDOORS
These outdoors activities are available near Bear Creek.
 Whitewater Near Bear Creek:
Flathead River - Middle Fork, -blank- County, 0 miles away
      Class II+ - 31 miles long (Bear Creek to Moccasin Creek)
Flathead River - Middle Fork, -blank- County, 23 miles away
      Class III - 9 miles long (Moccasin Creek to West Glacier)
Flathead River - Middle Fork, Flathead County, 24 miles away
      Class I-IV - 26 miles long (Schafer Meadows to Bear Creek)
Two Medicine River, Pondera County, 27 miles away
      Class II-III - 62 miles long (Forest Service Boundary to Sullivan Bridge)
 Ski Areas Near Bear Creek:
Teton Pass, Montana , 54 miles away, 1010 foot drop, 2 lifts, 26 runs
Whitefish, Montana , 56 miles away, 2353 foot drop, 11 lifts, 83 runs
Blacktail Mountain, Montana , 56 miles away, 1440 foot drop, 4 lifts, 24 runs
Montana Snowbowl, Montana , 64 miles away, 2600 foot drop, 4 lifts, 37 runs
Marshall Mountain, Montana , 65 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 3 lifts, 23 runs
Castle Mountain, Alberta , 77 miles away, 2850 foot drop, 5 lifts, 59 runs
Discovery Ski, Montana , 94 miles away, 1670 foot drop, 6 lifts, 48 runs
 Hotels Near Bear Creek:
Izaak Walton Inn, Essex , 4 miles away
Glacier Under Canvas, Coram , 24 miles away
Bridge Street Cottages, Bigfork , 27 miles away
Historic Tamarack Lodge, Hungry Horse , 34 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites BROWNING, Browning , 40 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Bear Creek:
Bear Creek River Access, Browning, 0 miles away
Half-Way Motel Campground, Flathead County, 4 miles away
Devil Creek Campground, Flathead County, 7 miles away
 Trails Near Bear Creek:
Edna Creek Trail, Flathead , 2 miles away
Dirtyface-Logan Creek Trail, Flathead , 4 miles away
Fielding Coal Creek Trail, Flathead , 5 miles away
Sheep Creek Trail, Flathead , 7 miles away
Spruce Park Moose Lake Trail, Flathead , 7 miles away
 Public Lands Near Bear Creek:
Glacier National Park, West Glacier - MT , 32 miles away
Flathead National Forest, Montana , 33 miles away
Yellow Bay State Park, Montana , 36 miles away
Wayfarers State Park, Montana , 36 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Bear Creek:
East Glacier Golf Course, East Glacier Park , 18 miles away
 Lakes Near Bear Creek
Stanton Lake, Flathead , 13 miles away

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