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Montana whitewater, Dearborn River

Lewis & Clark county, Highway 287 Bridge to Missouri River section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II-III     16 miles
  The wonderful Montana scenery and the water flowing gracefully down Dearborn River are in themselves reasons enough to come here to paddle. The put-in is not too far from Helena, as you can see on the road map further down. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, and if you make reservations in advance you're all set. Great exercise and a chance to spend some time outdoors are great reasons to come. And of course, there are campgrounds
    nearby. This stretch of Dearborn River in Montana is 16 miles long and is a class II-III section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. 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 quite a few of the sections in this state are pretty easy. There are some good stretches to paddle in this river system, the Highway 287 Bridge to Missouri River stretch is one of them. If you have the time you can make this a two day trip, so go ahead and pack your camping stuff.

Briefly about the general area:
Here at Dearborn River there are plenty
of folks from Wolf Creek. At Dearborn River through the warm days of summer highs are in the 80's. Summer overnight lows descend down to the 50's. For the duration of the winter the highs are ordinarily in the 30's, and all through the dark hours in the winter at Dearborn River temperatures descend to the 10's. It is very dried up here at Dearborn River usually. The wettest month of the year is commonly May, that's the one that rains the most while February is the month with the least amount of precipitation.

Dearborn River, Highway 287 Bridge to Missouri 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 Dearborn River.
 Whitewater Near Dearborn River:
Dearborn River, Lewis & Clark County, 7 miles away
      Class II-III - 16 miles long (Highway 287 Bridge to Missouri River)
Whitewater Outfitter - Montana River Outfitters, Lewis And Clark County, 9 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
 Ski Areas Near Dearborn River:
Great Divide, Montana , 29 miles away, 1503 foot drop, 6 lifts, 140 runs
Teton Pass, Montana , 66 miles away, 1010 foot drop, 2 lifts, 26 runs
Showdown, Montana , 91 miles away, 1400 foot drop, 4 lifts, 34 runs
Moonlight Basin, Montana , 95 miles away, 4166 foot drop, 7 lifts, 97 runs
Discovery Ski, Montana , 96 miles away, 1670 foot drop, 6 lifts, 48 runs
Big Sky, Montana , 98 miles away, 4350 foot drop, 17 lifts, 150 runs
Bridger Bowl, Montana , 99 miles away, 2600 foot drop, 8 lifts, 71 runs
 Hotels Near Dearborn River:
Comfort Suites Airport, Helena , 26 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites HELENA, Helena , 26 miles away
Residence Inn Helena, Helena , 26 miles away
Quality Inn Helena, Helena , 26 miles away
Wingate By Wyndham Helena Airport, Helena , 26 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Dearborn River:
Stickney Creek Fishing Access Site, Wolf Creek, 5 miles away
Craig Fishing Access Site, Wolf Creek, 5 miles away
Spite Hill Fishing Access Site, Wolf Creek, 5 miles away
 Public Lands Near Dearborn River:
Helena National Forest, Montana , 29 miles away
Ulm Pishkun State Park, Montana , 37 miles away

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