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Montana whitewater, Stillwater River

Stillwater county, Woodbine Campground to below Chrome Mine section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS I-V     3.5 miles
Looking for horseback riding and camping trails in Obsaroka range.

The natural beauty of Montana and the playfulness of the water are in themselves reasons enough to come here to paddle. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in Montana is often easier than elsewhere, so if you're not from around here don't forget that many of the sections in this state are safe for beginners. The Woodbine Campground to below Chrome Mine section of Stillwater
    River in Stillwater County is 3.5 miles long and is a class I-V section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. This is a short paddling stretch so you'd better be prepared to walk your kayak back to put-in a few
times. When you're paddling down a Absaroka Range river like this one you always get great scenery along the way too. If you're a camper you can camp at one of the great campgrounds nearby. There are plenty of other sections in this river system that can be paddled as well. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking in this general area you'll find lots of paddling spots. 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. Great exercise and a chance to spend some time outdoors have a lot of people coming here. If you're coming from Billings it's not a long drive at all to the starting location, as you can see on the road map further down.

Briefly about the general area:
Don't leave Stillwater River without first paying a visit to Woodbine Falls; Stillwater River is a spot with many visitors from Nye. But wait, there's more exciting things to do in the Absaroka Range. Good hiking is available along the Lodgepole Trail, and there's magnificent hiking along the Black Butte Trail.

Stillwater River, Woodbine Campground to below Chrome Mine road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


Detailed Map

Stats for this river stretch

Local weather forecast

These outdoors activities are available near Stillwater River.
 Whitewater Near Stillwater River:
Stillwater River, Stillwater County, 3 miles away
      Class I-V - 3.5 miles long (Woodbine Campground to below Chrome Mine)
Stillwater River, Stillwater County, 3 miles away
      Class I-III - 11.8 miles long (Buffalo Jump to Cliff Swallow)
Rosebud Creek - West, Stillwater County, 11 miles away
      Class III-IV+(V) - 3 miles long (Emerald Lake to Pine Grove Campground)
Boulder River - East, Sweet Grass County, 16 miles away
      Class I-II - 12 miles long (Headwaters to Boulder River)
Stillwater River, Stillwater County, 16 miles away
      Class II - 17.7 miles long (Cliff Swallow to Whitebird)
Clarks Fork Yellowstone, Park County, 17 miles away
      Class IV - 3 miles long (Trailhead to State line)
Rosebud Creek - East, Carbon County, 18 miles away
      Class IV-V - 6 miles long (Lake to Sand Dunes Campground)
Boulder River, Sweet Grass County, 21 miles away
      Class III - 4.5 miles long (McLeod to Highway bridge)
Boulder River, Sweet Grass / Park County, 22 miles away
      Class II-III - 9 miles long (Chippy Park Campground to Boulder Falls)
Boulder River, Sweet Grass County, 23 miles away
      Class III-IV - 5 miles long (Speculator Creek to Chippy Park Campground)
 Ski Areas Near Stillwater River:
Red Lodge Mountain, Montana , 38 miles away, 2400 foot drop, 8 lifts, 70 runs
Bridger Bowl, Montana , 74 miles away, 2600 foot drop, 8 lifts, 71 runs
Showdown, Montana , 91 miles away, 1400 foot drop, 4 lifts, 34 runs
 Hotels Near Stillwater River:
Super 8 Big Timber, Big Timber , 22 miles away
Comfort Inn Red Lodge, Red Lodge , 44 miles away
Yodeler Motel, Red Lodge , 44 miles away
Super 8 Columbus, Columbus , 45 miles away
Country Motor Inn, Livingston , 49 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Stillwater River:
Woodbine Campground, Stillwater County, 2 miles away
Buffalo Jump Fishing Access Site, Nye, 6 miles away
Initial Creek, Nye, 6 miles away
 Trails Near Stillwater River:
Lodgepole Trail, Sweet Grass , 10 miles away
Black Butte Trail, Sweet Grass , 12 miles away
Bozeman Trail, Sweet Grass , 17 miles away
Republic Trail, Park , 20 miles away
 Public Lands Near Stillwater River:
Yellowstone National Park, Yellowstone National Park - WY , 60 miles away
Greycliff Prairie Dog Town State Park, Montana , 19 miles away
Natural Bridge State Park, Montana , 24 miles away
Custer National Forest, Montana , 36 miles away

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