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Yellowstone county, Clarks Fork Yellowstone River to Billings MT section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II     22 miles
  The put-in location is a short drive from Billings, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. The Clarks Fork Yellowstone River to Billings MT stretch of Yellowstone River in Montana is 22 miles long and has been rated as a class II section by American Whitewater. The scenic beauty of Yellowstone County and the water flowing gracefully down Yellowstone River are reasons enough to come here and paddle.
    For all you camping people there are campgrounds nearby. If you have the time you can make this a two day trip, so pack your sleeping bag. There are a few other sections in this river system that can be paddled as well.
A bit of exercise and just hanging out with mother nature are great reasons to come. Lodging is available near the river, and if you make reservations in advance you're all set. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way this area has a pretty small number of paddling spots. If you've been out of state whitewater rafting and kayaking you might find the rivers here more forgiving, so if you're visiting here do keep  
in mind that quite a few of the sections in this state are pretty easy.

Briefly about the general area:
People from Billings love to come to Yellowstone River, and going for a hike along the John Dunn Trail will let you absorb the natural beauty of this region. Yellowstone River is near Lake Elmo State Park which is a gorgeous spot. Brockway Coulee is a good place to take a look at right next door to Yellowstone River; Pictograph Caves State Park is a fine location to stretch your legs a bit. Yellowstone River is a location that is relatively dry ordinarily. Most of the rain falls throughout May; the driest month of the year is February.

Yellowstone River, Clarks Fork Yellowstone River to Billings MT 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 Yellowstone River.
 Whitewater Near Yellowstone River:
Yellowstone River, Yellowstone County, 11 miles away
      Class II - 22 miles long (Clarks Fork Yellowstone River to Billings MT)
 Ski Areas Near Yellowstone River:
Red Lodge Mountain, Montana , 56 miles away, 2400 foot drop, 8 lifts, 70 runs
Antelope Butte, Wyoming , 99 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 3 lifts, 18 runs
 Hotels Near Yellowstone River:
Hampton Inn - Suites Billings West I-90, Billings , 1 miles away
Homewood Suites By Hilton Billings, Billings , 1 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites BILLINGS WEST, Billings , 1 miles away
Big Horn Resort, An Ascend Hotel Collection Member, Billings , 1 miles away
Lexington Inn And Suites, Billings , 2 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Yellowstone River:
Trailer Village, Billings, 5 miles away
Pelican's RV Campground, Laurel, 6 miles away
Kampgrounds Of America, Billings, 7 miles away
 Trails Near Yellowstone River:
John Dunn Trail, Yellowstone , 14 miles away
 Public Lands Near Yellowstone River:
Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area, Fort Smith - MT , 59 miles away
Lake Elmo State Park, Montana , 11 miles away
Pictograph Caves State Park, Montana , 13 miles away
Chief Plenty Coups State Park, Montana , 15 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Yellowstone River:
Peter Yegen Jr Golf Club, Billings , 3 miles away
Par-3 Golf Course, Billings , 4 miles away
Yellowstone Country Club, Billings , 5 miles away

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