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Montana whitewater, Boulder River

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


CLASS II-III     9 miles
  The scenic beauty of Sweet Grass / Park County and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream beats anything. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in Montana tend to be more forgiving than the national average, so if you're not from around here don't forget that rivers in this state are less demanding. There arenít any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem but you'd better
    reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. The Chippy Park Campground to Boulder Falls stretch of Boulder River is 9 miles long and has been rated as a class II-III section by American Whitewater. A good workout
and just hanging out with mother nature will have you coming back for more. The beauty of the Absaroka Range is a great plus for this river. On this section you do get some distance, suitable for an afternoon trip. And of course, there are campgrounds nearby. The starting location is a reasonable drive from Bozeman, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either  
way around here you'll find a large number of good places. There are plenty of other sections in this river system that can be paddled as well.

Briefly about the general area:
While you're here at Boulder River you will meet lots of people from close by Mc Leod. Places like Natural Bridge State Park are good to take a look at; Custer National Forest is a great spot. This river is a great place to visit. Summertime highs at Boulder River mostly tend to be in the 80's; the overnight is a tad cooler of course, commonly in the 50's. High temperatures throughout the wintertime are normally in the 30's while the cold winter nights at Boulder River are in the 10's.

Boulder River, Chippy Park Campground to Boulder Falls 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, 3 miles away
      Class II-III - 9 miles long (Chippy Park Campground to Boulder Falls)
Boulder River, Sweet Grass County, 3 miles away
      Class V+ - 1 miles long (Boulder Falls to Highway)
Boulder River, Sweet Grass County, 5 miles away
      Class III-IV - 5 miles long (Speculator Creek to Chippy Park Campground)
Boulder River - East, Sweet Grass County, 8 miles away
      Class I-II - 12 miles long (Headwaters to Boulder River)
Boulder River, Sweet Grass / Park County, 8 miles away
      Class III-V - 4 miles long (Fourmile to Speculator Creek)
Boulder River - West, Park Sweet Grass County, 9 miles away
      Class II-III - 14 miles long (Gallatin National Forest boundary to Boulder River)
Boulder River, Sweet Grass County, 10 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)
Stillwater River, Stillwater County, 25 miles away
      Class I-III - 11.8 miles long (Buffalo Jump to Cliff Swallow)
Yellowstone River, Stillwater/ Yellowstone County, 26 miles away
      Class I-III - 76 miles long (Boulder River to Clarks Fork Yellowstone River)
 Ski Areas Near Boulder River:
Bridger Bowl, Montana , 51 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 , 74 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 , 98 miles away, 2212 foot drop, 5 lifts, 74 runs
 Hotels Near Boulder River:
Super 8 Big Timber, Big Timber , 24 miles away
Country Motor Inn, Livingston , 26 miles away
Murray Hotel, Livingston , 26 miles away
Super 8 Livingston, Livingston , 27 miles away
Yellowstone Pioneer Lodge, Livingston , 27 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Boulder River:
Big Beaver Campground, Sweet Grass County, 1 miles away
Falls Creek Campground, Sweet Grass County, 1 miles away
Aspen Campground, Sweet Grass County, 2 miles away
 Trails Near Boulder River:
Lodgepole Trail, Sweet Grass , 16 miles away
 Public Lands Near Boulder River:
Yellowstone National Park, Yellowstone National Park - WY , 42 miles away
Natural Bridge State Park, Montana , 3 miles away
Custer National Forest, Montana , 15 miles away
Greycliff Prairie Dog Town State Park, Montana , 31 miles away

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