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Montana whitewater, Flathead River

Lake county, Kerr Dam to County Road Bridge section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II-III     10 miles
  The nature scenery of Montana and the playfulness of the water will make you feel great. The starting location is a short drive from Kalispell, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you wonít get lost. The Kerr Dam to County Road Bridge section of Flathead River in Lake County is 10 miles long and is according to American Whitewater a class II-III section of whitewater. You can enjoy this section more if you
    take your time, so pack your camp stove. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in this state tend to be more forgiving than the national average, so better not forget that lots of rivers in this state are good for beginners.
A bit of exercise and just hanging out with mother nature have a lot of people coming here. 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. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way this area has a pretty small number of paddling places. There are a few other sections in this river system that can be paddled as well.

Briefly about
the general area:
A trip to Big Arm State Park when you're here at Flathead River is a fine idea; at Flathead River you always meet someone from Big Arm. A journey to Wild Horse Island State Park when you're here at Flathead River is never a bad idea. Around Flathead River you donít get a lot of precipitation. Most of the rain falls throughout June, and February is when it's the driest. For the duration of the days of summer here at Flathead River, high temperatures ordinarily reach the 80's. All through the dark hours of summer temperatures plunge down into the 50's. For the period of the winter highs are in the 30's, and winter nights come with lows in the 10's to Flathead River.

Flathead River, Kerr Dam to County Road 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 Flathead River.
 Whitewater Near Flathead River:
Flathead River, Lake County, 4 miles away
      Class II-III - 10 miles long (Kerr Dam to County Road Bridge)
Whitewater Outfitter - Snappy Sport Center, Flathead County, 27 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Mill Creek, Missoula County, 28 miles away
      Class V - 2 miles long (along Mill Creek Road into Frenchtown)
Swan River, Lake County, 28 miles away
      Class III-IV - 1.25 miles long (Bigfork Dam to Flathead River)
 Ski Areas Near Flathead River:
Blacktail Mountain, Montana , 19 miles away, 1440 foot drop, 4 lifts, 24 runs
Montana Snowbowl, Montana , 35 miles away, 2600 foot drop, 4 lifts, 37 runs
Whitefish, Montana , 40 miles away, 2353 foot drop, 11 lifts, 83 runs
Marshall Mountain, Montana , 42 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 3 lifts, 23 runs
Castle Mountain, Alberta , 79 miles away, 2850 foot drop, 5 lifts, 59 runs
Lost Trail Powder Mountain, Montana , 93 miles away, 1800 foot drop, 8 lifts, 45 runs
Discovery Ski, Montana , 97 miles away, 1670 foot drop, 6 lifts, 48 runs
Lookout Pass, Idaho , 98 miles away, 1150 foot drop, 4 lifts, 34 runs
 Marinas Near Flathead River:
Big Arm Resort and Marina, Big Arm , 9 miles away
Flathead Lake Marina, Polson , 12 miles away
S & K Marina, Polson , 12 miles away
Lakeside Bay Marina, Lakeside , 19 miles away
 Hotels Near Flathead River:
KwaTaqNuk Resort And Casino, Polson , 9 miles away
Americas Best Value Port Polson Inn, Polson , 10 miles away
Red Lion Inn & Suites Ridgewat, Polson , 12 miles away
Best Western Plus Flathead Lake Inn And Suites, Kalispell , 22 miles away
Hilton Garden Inn Kalispell, Kalispell , 25 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Flathead River:
K O A Kampgrounds, Polson, 8 miles away
Barnacle Bobs RV Park/Campground, Lake County, 8 miles away
Polson Motorcoach and RV Resort, Polson, 8 miles away
 Trails Near Flathead River:
Revais Creek Trail, Sanders , 20 miles away
 Public Lands Near Flathead River:
Glacier National Park, West Glacier - MT , 45 miles away
Big Arm State Park, Montana , 9 miles away
Wild Horse Island State Park, Montana , 12 miles away
Flathead Lake State Park, Montana , 15 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Flathead River:
Mission Mountain Country Club, Ronan , 10 miles away
Polson Country Club, Polson , 11 miles away
Silver Fox Golf Course, Pablo , 12 miles away
 Lakes Near Flathead River
Flathead Lake, Lake , 17 miles away

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