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Montana whitewater, Stillwater River

Stillwater county, Cliff Swallow to Whitebird section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II     17.7 miles
  This section of Stillwater River in Stillwater County is 17.7 miles long and is according to American Whitewater a class II section of whitewater. The put-in location is a reasonable drive from Billings, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you wonít get lost. If you've been out of state whitewater rafting and kayaking you might find the rivers here more forgiving, so you'd better keep in mind that lots of rivers
    in this state are good for beginners. Getting your paddling muscles activated and just hanging out with mother nature are great attractions for lots of people. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't
matter, this is an area with plenty of rivers for that. And of course, there are campgrounds nearby. This river system is full of great paddling sections, the Cliff Swallow to Whitebird section is just one of them. There arenít any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. If you hurry you can run this stretch in a day but  
why not make it an overnighter, so go ahead and pack your sleeping bag.

Briefly about the general area:
During your spree to Stillwater River you'll meet some folks from Absarokee for sure. It is very dried out here at Stillwater River regularly. The wettest month of the year is usually May, that's the one that rains the most, and February is when it's the driest. Throughout the summertime highs here at Stillwater River get into the 80's. When the night sets in temperatures plunge down into the 50's. Through the wintertime the highs are ordinarily in the 30's with winter lows in the 10's overnight here at Stillwater River.

Stillwater River, Cliff Swallow to Whitebird 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:
Whitewater Outfitter - Absaroka River Adventures, Stillwater County, 4 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Rosebud Creek, Stillwater County, 4 miles away
      Class II-III - 4 miles long (East and West Fork Rosebud to Stillwater River)
Stillwater River, Stillwater County, 11 miles away
      Class II - 17.7 miles long (Cliff Swallow to Whitebird)
Stillwater River, Stillwater County, 11 miles away
      Class III - 4.5 miles long (Whitebird to Fireman's Point)
Rosebud Creek - East, Carbon County, 19 miles away
      Class IV-V - 6 miles long (Lake to Sand Dunes Campground)
Rock Creek, Carbon County, 24 miles away
      Class II-IV - 10 miles long (Lake Fork to Red Lodge)
Rosebud Creek - West, Stillwater County, 24 miles away
      Class III-IV+(V) - 3 miles long (Emerald Lake to Pine Grove Campground)
Whitewater Outfitter - Adventure Whitewater, Carbon County, 24 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Stillwater River, Stillwater County, 25 miles away
      Class I-III - 11.8 miles long (Buffalo Jump to Cliff Swallow)
Stillwater River, Stillwater County, 29 miles away
      Class I-V - 3.5 miles long (Woodbine Campground to below Chrome Mine)
 Ski Areas Near Stillwater River:
Red Lodge Mountain, Montana , 20 miles away, 2400 foot drop, 8 lifts, 70 runs
Bridger Bowl, Montana , 98 miles away, 2600 foot drop, 8 lifts, 71 runs
 Hotels Near Stillwater River:
Super 8 Columbus, Columbus , 18 miles away
Comfort Inn Red Lodge, Red Lodge , 24 miles away
Yodeler Motel, Red Lodge , 24 miles away
Super 8 Big Timber, Big Timber , 35 miles away
Beartooth River Ranch, Belfry , 39 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Stillwater River:
Rosebud Isle Fishing Access Site, Absarokee, 5 miles away
Cedar Hills Campground, Reed Point, 6 miles away
Old West RV Park and Campground, Billings, 9 miles away
 Trails Near Stillwater River:
Bozeman Trail, Sweet Grass , 16 miles away
 Public Lands Near Stillwater River:
Cooney Reservoir State Park, Montana , 19 miles away
Greycliff Prairie Dog Town State Park, Montana , 23 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Stillwater River:
Stillwater Golf & Recreation, Columbus , 18 miles away

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