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Montana whitewater, Boulder River

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


CLASS III-IV     5 miles
  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 lots of rivers in this state are good for beginners. The beautiful scenery of Sweet Grass County and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water are in themselves reasons enough to come here to paddle. The Speculator Creek to Chippy Park Campground stretch of Boulder River in Sweet Grass
    County is 5 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class III-IV section. The Speculator Creek to Chippy Park Campground section is one of many paddling sections in this river system. The nearby hotels are a
bit away from the river, but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. The starting location is a short drive from Bozeman, as you can see on the road map further down. This section is long enough to enjoy a good non stop paddle, you can easily run it on an afternoon. Since you're on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way this area has a large number of paddling places. For all  
you camping people there are campgrounds nearby. The beautiful Absaroka Range scenery is an added bonus. A bit of exercise and spending some quality time in nature will make you glad you came.

Briefly about the general area:
Custer National Forest is a pretty place any time of year, and Boulder River is a place with many visitors from Mc Leod. These mountains rock, just check out all the enjoyable things to do in the Absaroka Range. Natural Bridge State Park is a splendid place to stretch your legs a bit. Summer brings highs in the 80's to Boulder River, and during the night it cools down to the 50's.

Boulder River, Speculator Creek to Chippy Park Campground 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 County, 1 miles away
      Class III-IV - 5 miles long (Speculator Creek to Chippy Park Campground)
Boulder River, Sweet Grass / Park County, 1 miles away
      Class II-III - 9 miles long (Chippy Park Campground to Boulder Falls)
Boulder River, Sweet Grass / Park County, 4 miles away
      Class III-V - 4 miles long (Fourmile to Speculator Creek)
Boulder River, Sweet Grass County, 7 miles away
      Class V+ - 1 miles long (Boulder Falls to Highway)
Boulder River - East, Sweet Grass County, 9 miles away
      Class I-II - 12 miles long (Headwaters to Boulder River)
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, Sweet Grass County, 13 miles away
      Class III - 4.5 miles long (McLeod to Highway bridge)
Stillwater River, Stillwater County, 21 miles away
      Class I-V - 3.5 miles long (Woodbine Campground to below Chrome Mine)
Stillwater River, Stillwater County, 24 miles away
      Class I-III - 11.8 miles long (Buffalo Jump to Cliff Swallow)
Yellowstone River, Park County, 28 miles away
      Class III-V - 20 miles long (Tower Jct. to Gardiner)
 Ski Areas Near Boulder River:
Bridger Bowl, Montana , 52 miles away, 2600 foot drop, 8 lifts, 71 runs
Red Lodge Mountain, Montana , 60 miles away, 2400 foot drop, 8 lifts, 70 runs
Showdown, Montana , 77 miles away, 1400 foot drop, 4 lifts, 34 runs
Big Sky, Montana , 84 miles away, 4350 foot drop, 17 lifts, 150 runs
Moonlight Basin, Montana , 86 miles away, 4166 foot drop, 7 lifts, 97 runs
Grand Targhee, Wyoming , 95 miles away, 2212 foot drop, 5 lifts, 74 runs
Jackson Hole, Wyoming , 99 miles away, 4139 foot drop, 11 lifts, 116 runs
 Hotels Near Boulder River:
Super 8 Big Timber, Big Timber , 27 miles away
Country Motor Inn, Livingston , 28 miles away
Murray Hotel, Livingston , 28 miles away
Super 8 Livingston, Livingston , 28 miles away
Yellowstone Pioneer Lodge, Livingston , 28 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Boulder River:
Chippy Park Campground, Sweet Grass County, 1 miles away
Aspen Campground, Sweet Grass County, 2 miles away
Hells Canyon Campground, Sweet Grass County, 3 miles away
 Trails Near Boulder River:
Lodgepole Trail, Sweet Grass , 17 miles away
 Public Lands Near Boulder River:
Yellowstone National Park, Yellowstone National Park - WY , 40 miles away
Natural Bridge State Park, Montana , 7 miles away
Custer National Forest, Montana , 14 miles away
Gallatin National Forest, Montana , 32 miles away

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