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Montana whitewater, Big Timber Creek

Sweet Grass county, Close to Half Moon Campground section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS V     1 miles
  The natural beauty of Montana and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water beats anything. The Close to Half Moon Campground section of Big Timber Creek in Montana is 1 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class V section. The starting point is not too far from Bozeman, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. This is an extremely short section so no need to bring snacks. You might be into whitewater
    rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, this is an area with plenty of places for that. Whitewater paddling here in the Crazy Mountains is a great experience. This river system has a few good paddling sections and
the Close to Half Moon Campground section is one of them. Getting your paddling muscles activated and just hanging out with mother nature will have you coming back for more. For all you camping people there are campgrounds nearby. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in this state is often easier than elsewhere, so if you're not from around here don't forget that the rivers in this state are less demanding. Not too many hotels nearby, you'll have  
to drive a bit to get to one, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick.

Briefly about the general area:
Thunder Rapids is always fun to check out; Upper Big Timber Falls is a gorgeous spot to stop by while you're at Big Timber Creek. Yep, outdoors entertaining stuff truly is plentiful here in the Crazy Mountains. Throughout the warm months, highs typically are in the 70's at Big Timber Creek. Through the dark hours of summer temperatures fall down into the 40's. All through the winter the highs are mostly in the 30's with temperatures at Big Timber Creek dipping down into the 10's during winter nights.

Big Timber Creek, Close to Half Moon Campground road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


Detailed Map

Stats for this river stretch

Local weather forecast

These outdoors activities are available near Big Timber Creek.
 Whitewater Near Big Timber Creek:
Big Timber Creek, Sweet Grass County, 2 miles away
      Class V - 1 miles long (Close to Half Moon Campground)
Boulder River, Sweet Grass County, 22 miles away
      Class III - 4.5 miles long (McLeod to Highway bridge)
Boulder River, Sweet Grass County, 24 miles away
      Class V+ - 1 miles long (Boulder Falls to Highway)
Boulder River - West, Park Sweet Grass County, 25 miles away
      Class II-III - 14 miles long (Gallatin National Forest boundary to Boulder River)
Yellowstone River, Stillwater/ Yellowstone County, 25 miles away
      Class I-III - 76 miles long (Boulder River to Clarks Fork Yellowstone River)
Boulder River - East, Sweet Grass County, 28 miles away
      Class I-II - 12 miles long (Headwaters to Boulder River)
Boulder River, Sweet Grass / Park County, 29 miles away
      Class II-III - 9 miles long (Chippy Park Campground to Boulder Falls)
 Ski Areas Near Big Timber Creek:
Bridger Bowl, Montana , 45 miles away, 2600 foot drop, 8 lifts, 71 runs
Showdown, Montana , 49 miles away, 1400 foot drop, 4 lifts, 34 runs
Red Lodge Mountain, Montana , 76 miles away, 2400 foot drop, 8 lifts, 70 runs
Big Sky, Montana , 87 miles away, 4350 foot drop, 17 lifts, 150 runs
Moonlight Basin, Montana , 88 miles away, 4166 foot drop, 7 lifts, 97 runs
 Hotels Near Big Timber Creek:
Super 8 Big Timber, Big Timber , 24 miles away
Country Motor Inn, Livingston , 27 miles away
Murray Hotel, Livingston , 28 miles away
Yellowstone Pioneer Lodge, Livingston , 28 miles away
Econo Lodge Livingston Gateway To Yellowstone, Livingston , 29 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Big Timber Creek:
Half Moon Campground, Sweet Grass County, 2 miles away
Shields River, Martinsdale, 12 miles away
Grey Bear Fishing Access Site, Big Timber, 18 miles away
 Public Lands Near Big Timber Creek:
Yellowstone National Park, Yellowstone National Park - WY , 59 miles away
Natural Bridge State Park, Montana , 24 miles away
Custer National Forest, Montana , 32 miles away
Greycliff Prairie Dog Town State Park, Montana , 36 miles away
 Lakes Near Big Timber Creek
Swamp Lake, Sweet Grass , 4 miles away

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