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Montana whitewater, Big Hole River

Madison Beaverhead county, Divide Bridge to Beaverhead River section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II     56 miles
Part of paddling any river is the minimum and maximum water levels for safe and easy paddling. Can the Big Hole River be floated in a canoe in low water in August and September, and from where. to where?And - as water levels change, so does the degree of difficulty of the rapids on a river. Says Jim Ostrander

This stretch of Big Hole River is 56 miles long and is according to American Whitewater a class II section of whitewater. The
    starting location is a short drive from Butte-Silver Bow, as you can see on the road map further down. The rivers for whitewater rafting and kayaking in this state are often easier than in other states, so if you're visiting
here do keep in mind that rivers in this state are not as hard as elsewhere. No matter if you're whitewater rafting or kayaking in this general area you won't find many other paddling spots. This is one of a small number of paddling sections in this river system, there are a few others too. The wonderful Montana scenery and the cool fresh water make the trip here worthwhile. A stretch this long is of course too much for a one day trip,  
so make sure you pack enough food along with your camping gear. You might have to settle for a hotel a bit away from the river if you want to stay the night, but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. If you're a camper you can camp at one of the great campgrounds nearby.

Briefly about the general area:
Go for a hike on the Billy Johns Trail, and you'll almost certainly meet some people from Melrose here. There are great sites to explore along the Brazil Pack Trail; a spree to Beaverhead Rock State Park when you're here is never a bad idea.

Big Hole River, Divide Bridge to Beaverhead River 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 Big Hole River.
 Whitewater Near Big Hole River:
Big Hole River, Madison / Beaverhead County, 16 miles away
      Class II - 56 miles long (Divide Bridge to Beaverhead River)
 Ski Areas Near Big Hole River:
Discovery Ski, Montana , 55 miles away, 1670 foot drop, 6 lifts, 48 runs
Great Divide, Montana , 55 miles away, 1503 foot drop, 6 lifts, 140 runs
Moonlight Basin, Montana , 79 miles away, 4166 foot drop, 7 lifts, 97 runs
Big Sky, Montana , 82 miles away, 4350 foot drop, 17 lifts, 150 runs
Lost Trail Powder Mountain, Montana , 96 miles away, 1800 foot drop, 8 lifts, 45 runs
 Hotels Near Big Hole River:
Clarion Inn Copper King Convention Center, Butte , 15 miles away
Copper King Hotel And Conventi, Butte , 15 miles away
Hampton Inn Butte, Butte , 15 miles away
Super 8 Butte MT, Butte , 16 miles away
Best Western Plus Butte Plaza Inn, Butte , 16 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Big Hole River:
Humbug Spires Campground, Silver Bow County, 9 miles away
Salmon Fly Campground, Beaverhead County, 9 miles away
Basin Canyon, Butte, 9 miles away
 Trails Near Big Hole River:
Brazil Pack Trail, Madison , 8 miles away
Billy Johns Trail, Madison , 11 miles away
 Public Lands Near Big Hole River:
Beaverhead Rock State Park, Montana , 15 miles away
Bannack State Park, Montana , 38 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Big Hole River:
Impact Golf, Butte , 16 miles away
Butte Country Club, Butte , 16 miles away

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