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Montana whitewater, Boulder River - West

Park Sweet Grass county, Gallatin National Forest boundary to Boulder River section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS II-III     14 miles
  The put-in is not too far from Bozeman, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you won’t get lost. The scenic beauty of Montana and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream are in themselves reasons enough to come here to paddle. The Gallatin National Forest boundary to Boulder River stretch is one of many paddling stretches in this river system. The Gallatin National Forest boundary to Boulder
    River section of Boulder River - West in Park Sweet Grass County is 14 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class II-III section. For all you camping people there are campgrounds nearby. Whitewater paddling
here in the Absaroka Range is a great experience. You can enjoy this stretch more if you take your time, so why not pack your camp stove too. Not too many hotels nearby, you'll have to drive a bit to get to one, and if you make reservations in advance you're all set. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way around here you'll find a large number of good spots. The rivers for whitewater rafting and kayaking in this  
state are often easier than in other states, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that many of the sections in this state are safe for beginners. A good workout and a chance to spend some time outdoors are great reasons to come.

Briefly about the general area:
A good place like Natural Bridge State Park near Boulder River - West is too perfect to leave out; since you're here why not stop at Baker Draw. So much fun stuff to do here in the Absaroka Range, too great to be true. If you're going to Boulder River - West from Mc Leod, you won't be the only one. Boulder River - West is pretty dry ordinarily.

Boulder River - West, Gallatin National Forest boundary to Boulder River 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 Boulder River - West.
 Whitewater Near Boulder River - West:
Boulder River, Sweet Grass County, 2 miles away
      Class V+ - 1 miles long (Boulder Falls to Highway)
Boulder River, Sweet Grass / Park County, 8 miles away
      Class II-III - 9 miles long (Chippy Park Campground to Boulder Falls)
Boulder River, Sweet Grass County, 8 miles away
      Class III - 4.5 miles long (McLeod to Highway bridge)
Boulder River - West, Park Sweet Grass County, 9 miles away
      Class II-III - 14 miles long (Gallatin National Forest boundary to Boulder River)
Boulder River - East, Sweet Grass County, 10 miles away
      Class I-II - 12 miles long (Headwaters to Boulder River)
Boulder River, Sweet Grass County, 10 miles away
      Class III-IV - 5 miles long (Speculator Creek to Chippy Park Campground)
Boulder River, Sweet Grass / Park County, 12 miles away
      Class III-V - 4 miles long (Fourmile to Speculator Creek)
Big Timber Creek, Sweet Grass County, 23 miles away
      Class V - 1 miles long (Close to Half Moon Campground)
Yellowstone River, Stillwater/ Yellowstone County, 24 miles away
      Class I-III - 76 miles long (Boulder River to Clarks Fork Yellowstone River)
Stillwater River, Stillwater County, 25 miles away
      Class I-V - 3.5 miles long (Woodbine Campground to below Chrome Mine)
 Ski Areas Near Boulder River - West:
Bridger Bowl, Montana , 48 miles away, 2600 foot drop, 8 lifts, 71 runs
Red Lodge Mountain, Montana , 64 miles away, 2400 foot drop, 8 lifts, 70 runs
Showdown, Montana , 69 miles away, 1400 foot drop, 4 lifts, 34 runs
Big Sky, Montana , 83 miles away, 4350 foot drop, 17 lifts, 150 runs
Moonlight Basin, Montana , 86 miles away, 4166 foot drop, 7 lifts, 97 runs
 Hotels Near Boulder River - West:
Super 8 Big Timber, Big Timber , 22 miles away
Murray Hotel, Livingston , 24 miles away
Yellowstone Pioneer Lodge, Livingston , 25 miles away
Super 8 Livingston, Livingston , 25 miles away
Rodeway Inn Livingston, Livingston , 25 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Boulder River - West:
Falls Creek Campground, Sweet Grass County, 5 miles away
East Boulder Campground, Sweet Grass County, 5 miles away
East Boulder, Mc Leod, 5 miles away
 Trails Near Boulder River - West:
Lodgepole Trail, Sweet Grass , 17 miles away
 Public Lands Near Boulder River - West:
Yellowstone National Park, Yellowstone National Park - WY , 44 miles away
Natural Bridge State Park, Montana , 2 miles away
Custer National Forest, Montana , 16 miles away
Greycliff Prairie Dog Town State Park, Montana , 31 miles away
 Lakes Near Boulder River - West
Swamp Lake, Sweet Grass , 19 miles away

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