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Montana whitewater, Belt Creek

Cascade county, Monarch to Riceville section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II-III     14 miles
Hey! Be sure warn the new guys that its pretty rough after the spring thaw, four of us almost died there when we went in early to mid june. Thanks! Says John Schabarker

The put-in is not too far from Great Falls, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you won’t get lost. The average Montana whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be a bit easier to master than those in other states, so don't forget
    that lots of rivers in this state are good for beginners. The beautiful scenery of Cascade County and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream are reasons enough to come here and paddle. The Monarch to
Riceville section is one of a few paddling sections in this river system. If you hurry you can run this stretch in a day but why not make it an overnighter, so pack your camp stove. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. Getting some good exercise and a chance to spend some time outdoors are great attractions for lots of people. This stretch of Belt Creek  
in Montana is 14 miles long and it is classified as a class II-III section by American Whitewater. Since you're on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way there are not so many other good places for that around here. There's camping available near Belt Creek.

Briefly about the general area:
Going to Sluice Boxes State Park near Belt Creek is a perfect thing to do, and you're sure to encounter some fine folks from Monarch here. Going for a hike on the Deep Creek Figure 8 Loop National Recreation Trail is always a nice adventure. Through the summertime months highs here at Belt Creek reach the 80's, and the night is quite chillier of course, regularly in the 50's.

Belt Creek, Monarch to Riceville 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 Belt Creek.
 Whitewater Near Belt Creek:
Belt Creek, Cascade County, 4 miles away
      Class II-III - 14 miles long (Monarch to Riceville)
Belt Creek, Cascade County, 20 miles away
      Class II-III - 19 miles long (Sec 15 to Monarch)
Tenderfoot Creek, Meagher County, 21 miles away
      Class II - 11 miles long (South Fork Tenderfoot to Smith River)
Smith River, Cascade/ Meagher County, 26 miles away
      Class I-III - 59 miles long (Camp Baker to Eden Bridge)
Missouri River, -blank- County, 28 miles away
      Class II(V) - 9 miles long (Great Falls)
 Ski Areas Near Belt Creek:
Showdown, Montana , 20 miles away, 1400 foot drop, 4 lifts, 34 runs
Bridger Bowl, Montana , 63 miles away, 2600 foot drop, 8 lifts, 71 runs
Moonlight Basin, Montana , 95 miles away, 4166 foot drop, 7 lifts, 97 runs
Big Sky, Montana , 95 miles away, 4350 foot drop, 17 lifts, 150 runs
Bear Paw Ski Bowl, Montana , 96 miles away, 900 foot drop, 2 lifts, 25 runs
 Hotels Near Belt Creek:
Great Falls Inn By Riversage, Great Falls , 30 miles away
Super 8 Great Falls MT, Great Falls , 32 miles away
Fairfield Inn Great Falls, Great Falls , 32 miles away
Comfort Inn Great Falls, Great Falls , 32 miles away
Greystone Inn, Great Falls , 33 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Belt Creek:
Logging Creek Campground, Cascade County, 9 miles away
Fort Ponderosa Campground, Belt, 10 miles away
Aspen Campground, Cascade County, 11 miles away
 Trails Near Belt Creek:
Deep Creek Figure 8 Loop National Recreation Trail, Meagher , 15 miles away
 Public Lands Near Belt Creek:
Sluice Boxes State Park, Montana , 5 miles away
Lewis and Clark National Forest, Montana , 16 miles away
Giant Springs State Park, Montana , 30 miles away

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