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Montana whitewater, Boulder River

Sweet Grass Park county, Fourmile to Speculator Creek section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS III-V     4 miles
  If you're coming from Bozeman it's not a long drive at all to the put-in location, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. The natural beauty of Sweet Grass / Park County and the cool fresh water are reasons enough to come here and paddle. This section of Boulder River is 4 miles long and is according to American Whitewater a class III-V section of whitewater. There are so many stretches to paddle in
    this river system, the Fourmile to Speculator Creek stretch is just one of many. Getting your paddling muscles activated and a chance to spend some time outdoors are great reasons to come. There are campgrounds quite near
the river where you can camp. When you're paddling down a Absaroka Range river like this one you always get great scenery along the way too. This is a pretty decent length section, good for a one day paddling trip. Not too many hotels nearby, you'll have to drive a bit to get to one, and if you make reservations in advance you're all set. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, in this general area you'll  
find lots of paddling places. The average Montana whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be easier to run than those in other states, so better not forget that many of the sections in this state are safe for beginners.

Briefly about the general area:
Natural Bridge State Park is both glorious and lovely, and it's in the vicinity of Boulder River; when you're here it's always fun to visit Custer National Forest. If you want a glorious time in the great outdoors just come on up to the Absaroka Range. During the summer at Boulder River temperatures are regularly in the 80's with overnight lows in the 50's.

Boulder River, Fourmile to Speculator Creek 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 Boulder River.
 Whitewater Near Boulder River:
Boulder River, Sweet Grass / Park County, 2 miles away
      Class III-V - 4 miles long (Fourmile to Speculator Creek)
Boulder River, Sweet Grass County, 2 miles away
      Class III-IV - 5 miles long (Speculator Creek to Chippy Park Campground)
Boulder River, Sweet Grass / Park County, 4 miles away
      Class II-III - 9 miles long (Chippy Park Campground to Boulder Falls)
Boulder River, Sweet Grass County, 9 miles away
      Class V+ - 1 miles long (Boulder Falls to Highway)
Boulder River - West, Park Sweet Grass County, 11 miles away
      Class II-III - 14 miles long (Gallatin National Forest boundary to Boulder River)
Boulder River - East, Sweet Grass County, 12 miles away
      Class I-II - 12 miles long (Headwaters to Boulder River)
Boulder River, Sweet Grass County, 16 miles away
      Class III - 4.5 miles long (McLeod to Highway bridge)
Stillwater River, Stillwater County, 22 miles away
      Class I-V - 3.5 miles long (Woodbine Campground to below Chrome Mine)
Yellowstone River, Park County, 25 miles away
      Class III-V - 20 miles long (Tower Jct. to Gardiner)
Stillwater River, Stillwater County, 26 miles away
      Class I-III - 11.8 miles long (Buffalo Jump to Cliff Swallow)
 Ski Areas Near Boulder River:
Bridger Bowl, Montana , 52 miles away, 2600 foot drop, 8 lifts, 71 runs
Red Lodge Mountain, Montana , 61 miles away, 2400 foot drop, 8 lifts, 70 runs
Showdown, Montana , 79 miles away, 1400 foot drop, 4 lifts, 34 runs
Big Sky, Montana , 82 miles away, 4350 foot drop, 17 lifts, 150 runs
Moonlight Basin, Montana , 84 miles away, 4166 foot drop, 7 lifts, 97 runs
Grand Targhee, Wyoming , 92 miles away, 2212 foot drop, 5 lifts, 74 runs
Jackson Hole, Wyoming , 96 miles away, 4139 foot drop, 11 lifts, 116 runs
Snow King, Wyoming , 99 miles away, 1571 foot drop, 5 lifts, 16 runs
 Hotels Near Boulder River:
Country Motor Inn, Livingston , 27 miles away
Murray Hotel, Livingston , 28 miles away
Super 8 Livingston, Livingston , 28 miles away
Yellowstone Pioneer Lodge, Livingston , 28 miles away
Econo Lodge Livingston Gateway To Yellowstone, Livingston , 28 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Boulder River:
Hells Canyon Campground, Sweet Grass County, 0 miles away
Hicks Park Campground, Park County, 4 miles away
Chippy Park Campground, Sweet Grass County, 4 miles away
 Trails Near Boulder River:
Poacher Trail, Park , 18 miles away
Buffalo Plateau Trail, Park , 19 miles away
Sidehill Trail, Park , 19 miles away
Pyramid Trail, Park , 19 miles away
Lodgepole Trail, Sweet Grass , 20 miles away
 Public Lands Near Boulder River:
Yellowstone National Park, Yellowstone National Park - WY , 38 miles away
Natural Bridge State Park, Montana , 10 miles away
Custer National Forest, Montana , 13 miles away
Gallatin National Forest, Montana , 30 miles away

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