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Montana whitewater, Kootenai Creek

Ravali county, trailside section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS IV     1 miles
 
Your mileages from facilities in Hamilton to Kootenai Creek are wrong. Hamilton is approximatley 22 miles south of Stevensville and Kootenai Creek is 3 miles from Stevensville. Says Allen Gates

The nature scenery of Montana and the water flowing gracefully down Kootenai Creek make the trip here worthwhile. The trailside stretch of Kootenai Creek is 1 miles long and is a class IV section of whitewater according to American Whitewater.
    The starting location is a short drive from Missoula, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. You can pitch a tent or park your RV at a nearby campground. The sections for whitewater rafting and
kayaking here in Montana are often more forgiving than in other states, so better not forget that rivers in this state are not as hard as elsewhere. A good workout and spending some quality time in nature are great reasons to come. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, this area has a large number of paddling spots. This river system has a few good paddling stretches and the trailside section is one of  
them. This is an extremely short stretch so better bring some good walking shoes. The beauty of the Bitterroot Range is a great plus for this river. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car.

Briefly about the general area:
A fine place in the vicinity of Kootenai Creek is Million Gulch, and lots of people from Stevensville come here. Whohoo, so many fun things in one place! The Bitterroot Range rocks! Hiking along the Saint Mary Peak Trail is glorious fun, and you can have a great hiking adventure along the Sweeney Ridge Trail.

Kootenai 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 Kootenai Creek.
 Whitewater Near Kootenai Creek:
Kootenai Creek, Ravali County, 1 miles away
      Class IV - 1 miles long (trailside)
Whitewater Outfitter - Montana River Guides, Ravalli County, 9 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Whitewater Outfitter - Army Navy Economy Store, Missoula County, 19 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Whitewater Outfitter - Bear Paw River Expeditions, Missoula County, 19 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Whitewater Outfitter - Lewis & Clark Trail Adventures, Missoula County, 19 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
White Sand Creek, Idaho County, 23 miles away
      Class IV-V - 4 miles long (Big Flat Creek to Colt Creek Campground)
Whitewater Outfitter - 10 000 Waves Raft & Kayak Adventures, Missoula County, 24 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Brushy Fork, Idaho County, 24 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 13 miles long (Off Elk Meadows Road to Crooked Creek)
Mill Creek, Missoula County, 26 miles away
      Class V - 2 miles long (along Mill Creek Road into Frenchtown)
White Sand Creek, Idaho County, 30 miles away
      Class III-IV - 12 miles long (Colt Creek Cabin to White Sand Campground)
 Ski Areas Near Kootenai Creek:
Marshall Mountain, Montana , 24 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 3 lifts, 23 runs
Montana Snowbowl, Montana , 25 miles away, 2600 foot drop, 4 lifts, 37 runs
Lost Trail Powder Mountain, Montana , 41 miles away, 1800 foot drop, 8 lifts, 45 runs
Discovery Ski, Montana , 62 miles away, 1670 foot drop, 6 lifts, 48 runs
Blacktail Mountain, Montana , 73 miles away, 1440 foot drop, 4 lifts, 24 runs
Whitefish, Montana , 95 miles away, 2353 foot drop, 11 lifts, 83 runs
 Hotels Near Kootenai Creek:
Bitterroot River Bed And Break, Stevensville , 2 miles away
Days Inn & Suites Lolo, Lolo , 12 miles away
Bitterroot River Inn, Hamilton , 12 miles away
TownHouse Inn Of Hamilton, Hamilton , 13 miles away
Super 8 Hamilton, Hamilton , 13 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Kootenai Creek:
Charles Waters Memorial Campground, Ravalli County, 3 miles away
Larry Creek Campground, Ravalli County, 3 miles away
Chief Looking Glass Campground, Ravalli County, 8 miles away
 Trails Near Kootenai Creek:
Saint Mary Peak Trail, Ravalli , 7 miles away
Sweeney Ridge Trail, Ravalli , 8 miles away
Carlton Lake Trail, Missoula , 9 miles away
Mill Creek Trail, Missoula , 11 miles away
Blue Mountain Equestrian and Hiking Trail, Missoula , 15 miles away
 Public Lands Near Kootenai Creek:
Frenchtown Pond State Park, Montana , 27 miles away
Beavertail Hill State Park, Montana , 39 miles away
Bitterroot National Forest, Montana , 39 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Kootenai Creek:
Stevensville Golf Club, Stevensville , 3 miles away
Stock Farm Golf Club, Hamilton , 14 miles away
Stock Farm, Hamilton , 14 miles away
 Lakes Near Kootenai Creek
Tag Alder Lake, Ravalli , 15 miles away

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