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Montana whitewater, Gallatin River

Gallatin county, Yellowstone National Park to West Fork Gallatin section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS I-II     20 miles
  The Yellowstone National Park to West Fork Gallatin section of Gallatin River in Montana is 20 miles long and is according to American Whitewater a class I-II section of whitewater. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in Montana is often easier than elsewhere, so you'd better keep in mind that rivers in this state are not as hard as elsewhere. The wonderful Gallatin County scenery and the cool fresh water make the trip here worthwhile. Getting
    your paddling muscles activated and spending some quality time in nature are great reasons to come. The starting location is a reasonable drive from Bozeman, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further
down the page. 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. This river system is full of great paddling sections, the Yellowstone National Park to West Fork Gallatin section is just one of them. Since you're on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way this area has a large number of paddling places. The campgrounds  
here at Gallatin River are pretty good.

Briefly about the general area:
On a fine day at Gallatin River you can take a hike along the Divide Trail, and during your spree here you'll meet some people from Big Sky for sure. The Skyline Trail is a splendid hiking trail close to Gallatin River. It is very dried up here at Gallatin River commonly. Most of the rain falls through May, and February is when it's the driest. All through the warm days of summer here at Gallatin River, high temperatures ordinarily get into the 80's. During the dark hours of summer temperatures dip down into the 50's.

Gallatin River, Yellowstone National Park to West Fork Gallatin 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 Gallatin River.
 Whitewater Near Gallatin River:
Whitewater Outfitter - Geyser Whitewater Expeditions, Gallatin County, 7 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Gallatin River, Gallatin County, 8 miles away
      Class I-II - 20 miles long (Yellowstone National Park to West Fork Gallatin)
Gallatin River, Gallatin County, 8 miles away
      Class II-III - 11 miles long (West Fork Gallatin to Greek Creek)
Gallatin River - West Fork, Gallatin County, 8 miles away
      Class IV-V(V+) - 0.75 miles long (Ouzel Falls to 3/4 mile downstream)
Gallatin River, Gallatin County, 11 miles away
      Class II-IV - 13 miles long (Greek Creek to Spanish Creek)
Madison River, Madison County, 17 miles away
      Class II-III - 3 miles long (Hebgen Reservoir to Quake Lake)
Mulherin Creek, Park County, 21 miles away
      Class II-III - 9 miles long (Yellowstone National Park to Yellowstone River)
Madison River, Madison County, 23 miles away
      Class IV-V - 1.5 miles long (Quake Lake to 1 1/2 mile downstream)
Yellowstone River, Park County, 25 miles away
      Class I-III - 4 miles long (Gardiner to Miner)
 Ski Areas Near Gallatin River:
Big Sky, Montana , 17 miles away, 4350 foot drop, 17 lifts, 150 runs
Moonlight Basin, Montana , 19 miles away, 4166 foot drop, 7 lifts, 97 runs
Bridger Bowl, Montana , 38 miles away, 2600 foot drop, 8 lifts, 71 runs
Grand Targhee, Wyoming , 68 miles away, 2212 foot drop, 5 lifts, 74 runs
Kelly Canyon, Idaho , 79 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 5 lifts, 26 runs
Jackson Hole, Wyoming , 80 miles away, 4139 foot drop, 11 lifts, 116 runs
Snow King, Wyoming , 87 miles away, 1571 foot drop, 5 lifts, 16 runs
Showdown, Montana , 89 miles away, 1400 foot drop, 4 lifts, 34 runs
 Marinas Near Gallatin River:
Kirkwood Resort & Marina, West Yellowstone , 17 miles away
 Hotels Near Gallatin River:
Bucks T4 Lodge, Big Sky , 8 miles away
The Lodge At Big Sky, Big Sky , 17 miles away
Yellowstone Under Canvas, West Yellowstone , 22 miles away
Bar N Ranch, West Yellowstone , 22 miles away
Super 8 West Yellowstone, West Yellowstone , 23 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Gallatin River:
Buffalo Horn Campground, Gallatin County, 2 miles away
McGill Campground, Gallatin County, 4 miles away
Red Cliff, Big Sky, 4 miles away
 Trails Near Gallatin River:
Divide Trail, Gallatin , 9 miles away
Skyline Trail, Gallatin , 9 miles away
Little Wapiti Creek Trail, Gallatin , 10 miles away
Wapiti Ridge Trail, Gallatin , 11 miles away
Eldridge Trail, Gallatin , 11 miles away
 Public Lands Near Gallatin River:
Yellowstone National Park, Yellowstone National Park - WY , 35 miles away
Henrys Lake State Park, Idaho , 28 miles away
Madison Buffalo Jump State Park, Montana , 37 miles away
Gallatin National Forest, Montana , 38 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Gallatin River:
Big Sky Golf Course, Big Sky , 10 miles away
Club At Spanish Peaks, Big Sky , 10 miles away
Reserve Golf Course, Big Sky , 10 miles away
 Lakes Near Gallatin River
Leech Lake, Park , 13 miles away
Hebgen Reservoir, Gallatin , 18 miles away
Hyalite Lake, Gallatin , 20 miles away

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