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Montana whitewater, Clarks Fork Yellowstone

Park county, Trailhead to State line section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS IV     3 miles
  This section of Clarks Fork Yellowstone in Park County is 3 miles long and it is classified as a class IV section by American Whitewater. The natural beauty of Park County and the cool fresh water will make you feel great. This section is quite short so better bring some good walking shoes. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, in this general area you'll find lots of paddling rivers. Whitewater rafting
    and kayaking spots in Montana are easier than the national norm, so don't forget that rivers in this state are less demanding. You can pitch a tent or park your RV at a nearby campground. The starting point is not too far
from Billings, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. You might have to settle for a hotel a bit away from the river if you want to stay the night, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. There are plenty of other stretches in this river system that can be paddled as well. The river winds through the Absaroka Range and you get great scenery. Getting a good workout and just hanging out  
with mother nature are sure to keep you coming back for more.

Briefly about the general area:
A fine location to have a look at next to Clarks Fork Yellowstone is Colter Pass, and you can go for a hike on the Pilot Creek Trail. Life's too short to enjoy all the fun stuff in the Absaroka Range. You're sure to encounter some cheerful people from Cooke City here; don't leave Clarks Fork Yellowstone without first going for a hike along the Republic Trail. At this river you will never have a bad time. For the duration of the warmest time of the year at Clarks Fork Yellowstone temperatures are mostly in the 70's with nighttime lows in the 30's.

Clarks Fork Yellowstone, Trailhead to State line 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 Clarks Fork Yellowstone.
 Whitewater Near Clarks Fork Yellowstone:
Clarks Fork Yellowstone, Park County, 1 miles away
      Class IV - 3 miles long (Trailhead to State line)
Clarks Fork Yellowstone River, Park County County, 6 miles away
      Class V+ - 4.5 miles long (Stix and Stones)
Rosebud Creek - West, Stillwater County, 13 miles away
      Class III-IV+(V) - 3 miles long (Emerald Lake to Pine Grove Campground)
Clarks Fork Yellowstone River, Park County, 13 miles away
      Class III-V - 4.2 miles long (Upper)
Crandall Creek, Park County, 16 miles away
      Class III-V - 4 miles long (Trailhead to Clarks Fork Yellowstone Rail Road)
Stillwater River, Stillwater County, 16 miles away
      Class I-V - 3.5 miles long (Woodbine Campground to below Chrome Mine)
Clarks Fork Yellowstone River, Park County, 17 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 2.6 miles long (Honeymoon)
Clarks Fork Yellowstone River, Park County, 17 miles away
      Class V+ - 22.9 miles long (Box)
Rosebud Creek - East, Carbon County, 18 miles away
      Class IV-V - 6 miles long (Lake to Sand Dunes Campground)
Stillwater River, Stillwater County, 20 miles away
      Class I-III - 11.8 miles long (Buffalo Jump to Cliff Swallow)
 Ski Areas Near Clarks Fork Yellowstone:
Red Lodge Mountain, Montana , 38 miles away, 2400 foot drop, 8 lifts, 70 runs
Bridger Bowl, Montana , 81 miles away, 2600 foot drop, 8 lifts, 71 runs
Jackson Hole, Wyoming , 96 miles away, 4139 foot drop, 11 lifts, 116 runs
Grand Targhee, Wyoming , 96 miles away, 2212 foot drop, 5 lifts, 74 runs
Snow King, Wyoming , 97 miles away, 1571 foot drop, 5 lifts, 16 runs
 Hotels Near Clarks Fork Yellowstone:
Ute Bluff Lodge, South Fork , 26 miles away
Super 8 Big Timber, Big Timber , 40 miles away
Yodeler Motel, Red Lodge , 44 miles away
Comfort Inn Red Lodge, Red Lodge , 44 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Clarks Fork Yellowstone:
Chief Joseph Campground, Park County, 0 miles away
Kersey Lake, Cooke City, 2 miles away
Kersey Lake, Cooke City, 2 miles away
 Trails Near Clarks Fork Yellowstone:
Pilot Creek Trail, Park , 3 miles away
Republic Trail, Park , 5 miles away
North Crandall Trail, Park , 7 miles away
Crazy Lakes Trail, Park , 8 miles away
Crazy Mountain Trail, Park , 9 miles away
 Public Lands Near Clarks Fork Yellowstone:
Yellowstone National Park, Yellowstone National Park - WY , 57 miles away
Natural Bridge State Park, Montana , 35 miles away
Greycliff Prairie Dog Town State Park, Montana , 37 miles away

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