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Montana whitewater, Rock Creek

Carbon county, Lake Fork to Red Lodge section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS II-IV     10 miles
  This section of Rock Creek is 10 miles long and has been rated as a class II-IV section by American Whitewater. The scenic beauty of Montana and the water flowing gracefully down Rock Creek have people coming here. The starting point is not too far from Billings, as you can see on the road map further down. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. This section
    has enough mileage for an overnight trip, so pack your camp stove. This river system has a few good paddling stretches and the Lake Fork to Red Lodge section is one of them. There are campgrounds quite near the river where
you can camp. No matter if you're whitewater rafting or kayaking in this general area you'll find lots of paddling places. The wild scenery of the Absaroka Range is great. A bit of exercise and a chance to spend some time outdoors have a lot of people coming here. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in this state tend to be more forgiving than the national average, so don't forget that rivers in this state are less demanding.

Briefly
 
about the general area:
Towne Point is quite right next door to Rock Creek, and why not head up to Red Lodge Mountain and strap some skis to your feet. You just can't envision the amount of outdoors amusing things the Absaroka Range has to offer. Woods Gulch is a delightful place to check out close by, and do take a hike on the Custer National Forest Trail. At this river you will always have a good time. You're sure to encounter some nice people from Red Lodge here. Rock Creek is pretty dried up generally. The wettest month of the year is generally May, that's the one that rains the most, and the driest month is February.

Rock Creek, Lake Fork to Red Lodge 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 Rock Creek.
 Whitewater Near Rock Creek:
Rock Creek, Carbon County, 5 miles away
      Class II-IV - 10 miles long (Lake Fork to Red Lodge)
Whitewater Outfitter - Adventure Whitewater, Carbon County, 5 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Clarks Fork Yellowstone River, Park County, 15 miles away
      Class III-V - 3 miles long (Lower)
Rosebud Creek, Stillwater County, 20 miles away
      Class II-III - 4 miles long (East and West Fork Rosebud to Stillwater River)
Whitewater Outfitter - Absaroka River Adventures, Stillwater County, 21 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Stillwater River, Stillwater County, 22 miles away
      Class III - 4.5 miles long (Whitebird to Fireman's Point)
Rosebud Creek - East, Carbon County, 23 miles away
      Class IV-V - 6 miles long (Lake to Sand Dunes Campground)
Clarks Fork Yellowstone River, Park County, 26 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 2.6 miles long (Honeymoon)
Clarks Fork Yellowstone River, Park County, 26 miles away
      Class V+ - 22.9 miles long (Box)
Clarks Fork Yellowstone River, Park County, 28 miles away
      Class III-V - 4.2 miles long (Upper)
 Ski Areas Near Rock Creek:
Red Lodge Mountain, Montana , 4 miles away, 2400 foot drop, 8 lifts, 70 runs
 Hotels Near Rock Creek:
Yodeler Motel, Red Lodge , 5 miles away
Comfort Inn Red Lodge, Red Lodge , 6 miles away
Beartooth River Ranch, Belfry , 21 miles away
Super 8 Columbus, Columbus , 26 miles away
The Cody Hotel, Cody , 33 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Rock Creek:
Sheridan Campground, Carbon County, 1 miles away
Ratine Campground, Carbon County, 2 miles away
Palisades Campground, Carbon County, 2 miles away
 Trails Near Rock Creek:
Custer National Forest Trail, Carbon , 5 miles away
Custer National Forest Trail, Carbon , 5 miles away
Beartooth Loop National Recreation Trail, Park , 13 miles away
Morrison Trail, Park , 15 miles away
 Public Lands Near Rock Creek:
Cooney Reservoir State Park, Montana , 17 miles away
Buffalo Bill State Park, Wyoming , 31 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Rock Creek:
Red Lodge Mountain Golf Course, Red Lodge , 2 miles away
 Lakes Near Rock Creek
Black Canyon Lake, Carbon , 15 miles away

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