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Montana whitewater, Blackfoot River

Missoula county, Scotty Brown Bridge to Johnsrud Park section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II-III     32 miles
  The put-in location is a short drive from Missoula, as you can see on the road map further down. The nature scenery of Montana and the playfulness of the water attract people from near and far. You can pitch a tent or park your RV at a nearby campground. A section like this is is of course not run in a single day, perfect for a real wilderness adventure. This section of Blackfoot River in Montana is 32 miles long and is a class II-III section
    of whitewater according to American Whitewater. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way there are not so many other good spots for that around here. There arenít any hotels right nearby but if
you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination. There are some good sections to paddle in this river system, the Scotty Brown Bridge to Johnsrud Park section is one of them. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in Montana are easier than the national norm, so don't forget that quite a few of the sections in this state are pretty easy. Getting some good  
exercise and spending some quality time in nature have people coming from far and near.

Briefly about the general area:
Why not take a refreshing hike along the Morrell Falls National Recreation Trail, and Jamison Gulch is another splendid place to stop by nearby. You without doubt should stop at Placid Lake State Park if you're here at Blackfoot River, and hiking is a popular thing to do around Blackfoot River; Pyramid Pass Trail is a wonderful local trail. The surroundings of this river have so much to offer. Salmon Lake State Park is a good place to explore on a gorgeous day.

Blackfoot River, Scotty Brown Bridge to Johnsrud Park 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 Blackfoot River.
 Whitewater Near Blackfoot River:
Whitewater Outfitter - Blackfoot River Rentals, Missoula County, 5 miles away
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Whitewater Outfitter - Confluence Rafting, Missoula County, 10 miles away
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Blackfoot River, Missoula County, 15 miles away
      Class II-III - 32 miles long (Scotty Brown Bridge to Johnsrud Park)
Flathead River - South Fork, Flathead County, 29 miles away
      Class II+ - 31 miles long (Big Prairie to Mid Creek)
Blackfoot River - North Fork, Powell County, 29 miles away
      Class I-III - 6 miles long (Wilderness Boundary to Blackfoot River)
Whitewater Outfitter - 10 000 Waves Raft & Kayak Adventures, Missoula County, 30 miles away
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 Ski Areas Near Blackfoot River:
Marshall Mountain, Montana , 31 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 3 lifts, 23 runs
Discovery Ski, Montana , 37 miles away, 1670 foot drop, 6 lifts, 48 runs
Montana Snowbowl, Montana , 37 miles away, 2600 foot drop, 4 lifts, 37 runs
Teton Pass, Montana , 64 miles away, 1010 foot drop, 2 lifts, 26 runs
Lost Trail Powder Mountain, Montana , 69 miles away, 1800 foot drop, 8 lifts, 45 runs
Great Divide, Montana , 80 miles away, 1503 foot drop, 6 lifts, 140 runs
Blacktail Mountain, Montana , 80 miles away, 1440 foot drop, 4 lifts, 24 runs
Whitefish, Montana , 95 miles away, 2353 foot drop, 11 lifts, 83 runs
 Hotels Near Blackfoot River:
Drummond Motel, Drummond , 26 miles away
Comfort Inn University, Missoula , 36 miles away
DoubleTree By Hilton Hotel Missoula - Edgewater, Missoula , 37 miles away
Days Inn Missoula University, Missoula , 37 miles away
Holiday Inn MISSOULA DOWNTOWN, Missoula , 37 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Blackfoot River:
Ninemile Prairie Fishing Access Site, Bonner, 3 miles away
Clearwater Crossing Fishing Access Site, Seeley Lake, 6 miles away
Corrick's River Bend Fishing Access Site, Bonner, 6 miles away
 Trails Near Blackfoot River:
Pyramid Pass Trail, Powell , 14 miles away
Morrell Falls National Recreation Trail, Powell , 15 miles away
Blackfoot Divide Trail, Powell , 15 miles away
John Long Trail, Granite , 16 miles away
Eightmile Harvey Ridge Trail, Granite , 17 miles away
 Public Lands Near Blackfoot River:
Salmon Lake State Park, Montana , 6 miles away
Placid Lake State Park, Montana , 10 miles away
Beavertail Hill State Park, Montana , 14 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Blackfoot River:
Double Arrow Golf Course, Seeley Lake , 12 miles away

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