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Montana whitewater, Dearborn River

Upper section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS III-V(V+)     4 miles
  This section of Dearborn River is 4 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class III-V(V+) section. The beautiful scenery of -blank- County and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water attract people from near and far. This river system has a few good paddling stretches and the Upper section is one of them. 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. The sections for whitewater rafting and kayaking here in Montana are often more forgiving than in other states, so you'd better keep in mind that rivers in this state are not as hard as elsewhere. The Lewis
Range scenery is wonderful. On this section you do get some distance, suitable for an afternoon trip. If you're coming from Helena it's not a long drive at all to the starting location. Getting your paddling muscles activated and a chance to spend some time outdoors have a lot of people coming here. There's camping available near Dearborn River. Since you're on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way this area  
has a pretty small number of paddling rivers.

Briefly about the general area:
The cheerful people of Augusta like to hang out nearby, and there's splendid hiking along the Steamboat Lookout Pass. So much exciting stuff in the Lewis Range, just striking. Good hiking is available along the Smith Creek Trail. Summer brings highs in the 70's to Dearborn River, and during the night it cools down to the 40's. During the winter this place gets highs in the 30's while the cold winter nights at Dearborn River are in the 10's. At Dearborn River you donít see much precipitation.


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These outdoors activities are available near Dearborn River.
 Whitewater Near Dearborn River:
Dearborn River, Lewis & Clark County, 12 miles away
      Class II-III - 16 miles long (Falls Creek to Highway 200 Bridge)
Falls Creek, Lewis & Clark County, 12 miles away
      Class III-V(V+) - 2 miles long (to Dearborn)
Dearborn River, Cascade/ Lewis &Clark County, 14 miles away
      Class I-II - 29 miles long (Dearborn Canyon Road Bridge to Highway 287 Bridge)
 Ski Areas Near Dearborn River:
Teton Pass, Montana , 28 miles away, 1010 foot drop, 2 lifts, 26 runs
Great Divide, Montana , 37 miles away, 1503 foot drop, 6 lifts, 140 runs
Discovery Ski, Montana , 68 miles away, 1670 foot drop, 6 lifts, 48 runs
Marshall Mountain, Montana , 91 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 3 lifts, 23 runs
Montana Snowbowl, Montana , 96 miles away, 2600 foot drop, 4 lifts, 37 runs
 Hotels Near Dearborn River:
Travelodge Deer Lodge Montana, Deer Lodge , 46 miles away
Drummond Motel, Drummond , 49 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Dearborn River:
Double Falls, Augusta, 6 miles away
Nilan Reservoir Fishing Access Site, Augusta, 9 miles away
Wood Lake Campground, Lewis and Clark County, 11 miles away
 Trails Near Dearborn River:
Smith Creek Trail, Lewis and Clark , 3 miles away
Steamboat Lookout Pass, Lewis and Clark , 4 miles away
Elk Pass Trail, Lewis and Clark , 5 miles away
Weasel Creek Trail, Lewis and Clark , 5 miles away
Ford Willow Creek Trail, Lewis and Clark , 5 miles away
 Lakes Near Dearborn River
Krohn Lake, Lewis and Clark , 18 miles away

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