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Montana whitewater, Boulder River

Jefferson county, Bison Creek to Jefferson River section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II     61 miles
  The natural beauty of Montana and the cool fresh water have people coming here. This stretch of Boulder River is 61 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class II section. There are campgrounds quite near the river where you can camp. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. A stretch of this length does require some preparations,
    so better bring your camping gear along. The Bison Creek to Jefferson River stretch is one of a few paddling stretches in this river system. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, in this
general area you won't find many other paddling rivers. The put-in location is a short drive from Helena, as you can see on the road map further down. If you've been whitewater rafting and kayaking outside Montana you might find the rivers here a bit more manageable, so you'd better keep in mind that a lot of the rivers in this state are suitable for beginners.

Briefly about the general area:
The Fetters Trail is a wonderful hiking
trail in the neighborhood of Boulder River; Hay Canyon is a splendid location to spend some time. If the weather is good here at Boulder River, you can go for a hike along the Upper Whitetail Park Trail, and during your tour here you'll meet some people from Boulder for sure. This is such a wonderful river. At Boulder River all through the summertime months highs are in the 80's. When the night sets in temperatures descend down into the 40's. The winter brings highs down to the 30's; night lows during the wintertime for Boulder River tend to be in the 0's. Boulder River gets very little rain.

Boulder River, Bison Creek to Jefferson 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 Boulder River.
 Whitewater Near Boulder River:
Boulder River, Jefferson County, 16 miles away
      Class II - 61 miles long (Bison Creek to Jefferson River)
 Ski Areas Near Boulder River:
Great Divide, Montana , 35 miles away, 1503 foot drop, 6 lifts, 140 runs
Moonlight Basin, Montana , 60 miles away, 4166 foot drop, 7 lifts, 97 runs
Big Sky, Montana , 63 miles away, 4350 foot drop, 17 lifts, 150 runs
Discovery Ski, Montana , 77 miles away, 1670 foot drop, 6 lifts, 48 runs
Bridger Bowl, Montana , 87 miles away, 2600 foot drop, 8 lifts, 71 runs
 Hotels Near Boulder River:
Rodeway Inn Whitehall, Whitehall , 9 miles away
La Quinta Inn & Suites Butte, Butte , 26 miles away
Fairfield Inn & Suites Butte, Butte , 26 miles away
Quality Inn & Suites Butte, Butte , 26 miles away
Days Inn Butte, Butte , 26 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Boulder River:
Sunset Trailer Court, Boulder, 8 miles away
Free Enterprise Health Mine and Campground, Jefferson County, 8 miles away
Boulder City Park, Boulder, 9 miles away
 Trails Near Boulder River:
Upper Whitetail Park Trail, Jefferson , 6 miles away
Fetters Trail, Jefferson , 9 miles away
 Public Lands Near Boulder River:
Lewis and Clark Caverns State Park, Montana , 18 miles away
Beaverhead Rock State Park, Montana , 39 miles away

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