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Montana whitewater, Dearborn River

Lewis & Clark county, Falls Creek to Highway 200 Bridge section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II-III     16 miles
  The scenic beauty of Lewis & Clark County and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream have people coming here. The Falls Creek to Highway 200 Bridge stretch of Dearborn River in Montana is 16 miles long and is according to American Whitewater a class II-III section of whitewater. There are campgrounds quite near the river where you can camp. There arenít any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance
    then no problem but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in Montana is often easier than elsewhere, so better not forget that the rivers in this state are
less demanding. The put-in location is a short drive from Helena, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you wonít get lost. A bit of exercise and spending some quality time in nature have people coming from far and near. This section is long enough for an overnight trip if you take your time, so pack your camping stuff. Whitewater paddling here in the Lewis Range is a great experience. This is not the only paddling  
stretch in this river system, there are others too. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way around here you won't find a large number of other rivers.

Briefly about the general area:
The Caribou Trail offers hiking at its best, and Dearborn River is right by the West Falls Trail. And that's not all you can do here in the Lewis Range. Dearborn River gets very little precipitation. The month with most of the rain is May while February is regularly the driest month. For the period of the days of summer highs here at Dearborn River get into the 70's, and the nighttime is slightly cooler of course, usually in the 40's.

Dearborn River, Falls Creek to Highway 200 Bridge 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 Dearborn River.
 Whitewater Near Dearborn River:
Dearborn River, Cascade/ Lewis &Clark County, 6 miles away
      Class I-II - 29 miles long (Dearborn Canyon Road Bridge to Highway 287 Bridge)
Falls Creek, Lewis & Clark County, 8 miles away
      Class III-V(V+) - 2 miles long (to Dearborn)
Dearborn River, Lewis & Clark County, 8 miles away
      Class II-III - 16 miles long (Falls Creek to Highway 200 Bridge)
Dearborn River, Lewis & Clark County, 19 miles away
      Class II-III - 16 miles long (Highway 287 Bridge to Missouri River)
Dearborn River, -blank- County, 20 miles away
      Class III-V(V+) - 4 miles long (Upper)
Whitewater Outfitter - Montana River Outfitters, Lewis And Clark County, 23 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
 Ski Areas Near Dearborn River:
Great Divide, Montana , 23 miles away, 1503 foot drop, 6 lifts, 140 runs
Teton Pass, Montana , 44 miles away, 1010 foot drop, 2 lifts, 26 runs
Discovery Ski, Montana , 77 miles away, 1670 foot drop, 6 lifts, 48 runs
 Hotels Near Dearborn River:
Best Western Premier Helena Great Northern Hotel, Helena , 38 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites HELENA, Helena , 38 miles away
Comfort Suites Airport, Helena , 39 miles away
Quality Inn Helena, Helena , 39 miles away
Wingate By Wyndham Helena Airport, Helena , 39 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Dearborn River:
Bean Lake Campground, Lewis and Clark County, 5 miles away
Wagons West Campground, Lewis and Clark County, 12 miles away
Willow Creek Fishing Access Site, Augusta, 15 miles away
 Trails Near Dearborn River:
Caribou Trail, Lewis and Clark , 12 miles away
West Falls Trail, Lewis and Clark , 13 miles away
Flesher Pass Trail, Lewis and Clark , 15 miles away
Silver King Trail, Lewis and Clark , 15 miles away
Lone Mountain Trail, Lewis and Clark , 18 miles away
 Lakes Near Dearborn River
Krohn Lake, Lewis and Clark , 15 miles away

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