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Montana whitewater, Kootenai River

Lincoln county, Libby to Troy section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS I-IV     20 miles
  The Libby to Troy stretch of Kootenai River in Montana is 20 miles long and has been rated as a class I-IV section by American Whitewater. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in Montana are easier than the national norm, so you'd better keep in mind that rivers in this state are less demanding. The campgrounds here at Kootenai River are pretty good. If you hurry you can run this section in a day but why not make it an overnighter, so go
    ahead and pack your camping stuff. The scenic beauty of Montana and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream are in themselves reasons enough to come here to paddle. If you're coming from Coeur d'Alene
it's not a long drive at all to the put-in location, as you can see on the road map further down. Getting your paddling muscles activated and a chance to spend some time outdoors are great attractions for lots of people. No matter if you're whitewater rafting or kayaking this area has a pretty small number of paddling spots. Not too many hotels nearby, you'll have to drive a bit to get to one, but do book a room before you come because it  
is a very popular destination.

Briefly about the general area:
Kootenai River is right by the Crowell Trail, and splendid skiing awaits you at Turner Mountain. The Pulpit Mountain National Recreation Trail offers hiking at its best. Through the summertime months highs here at Kootenai River reach the 80's; the nighttime is a little colder of course, generally in the 40's. Highs through the wintertime are regularly in the 30's while the cold winter nights at Kootenai River are in the 10's. The amount of rain that falls at Kootenai River is close to the national average. The wettest month of the year is ordinarily November, that's the one that rains the most, and July on the other hand is the driest.

Kootenai River, Libby to Troy 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 Kootenai River.
 Whitewater Near Kootenai River:
Kootenai River, Lincoln County, 12 miles away
      Class I-IV - 20 miles long (Libby to Troy)
Yaak River, Lincoln County, 15 miles away
      Class IV-V - 6.5 miles long (Yaak Falls to Kootenai River)
Yaak River, Lincoln County, 20 miles away
      Class II-III - 16 miles long (Spread Creek to Yaak Falls)
Kootenai, Kootenai County, 24 miles away
      Class II - 14 miles long (Leonia to pipeline Close to Bonners Ferry)
 Ski Areas Near Kootenai River:
Turner Mountain, Montana , 10 miles away, 2110 foot drop, 1 lifts, 20 runs
Lookout Pass, Idaho , 45 miles away, 1150 foot drop, 4 lifts, 34 runs
Silver Mountain, Idaho , 52 miles away, 2200 foot drop, 7 lifts, 73 runs
Kimberley, British Columbia , 61 miles away, 2465 foot drop, 5 lifts, 80 runs
Schweitzer, Idaho , 63 miles away, 2400 foot drop, 8 lifts, 59 runs
Fernie, British Columbia , 64 miles away, 2816 foot drop, 10 lifts, 114 runs
Whitefish, Montana , 94 miles away, 2353 foot drop, 11 lifts, 83 runs
Blacktail Mountain, Montana , 95 miles away, 1440 foot drop, 4 lifts, 24 runs
Mt. Spokane, Washington , 98 miles away, 2000 foot drop, 5 lifts, 44 runs
Castle Mountain, Alberta , 99 miles away, 2850 foot drop, 5 lifts, 59 runs
 Hotels Near Kootenai River:
Best Western Plus Kootenai River Inn Casino & Spa, Bonners Ferry , 43 miles away
Rocky Point Ranch, Thompson Falls , 46 miles away
Trail Motel, Kellogg , 50 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Kootenai River:
Loon Lake, Troy, 8 miles away
Cabinet Mountain Conoco Campground, Lincoln County, 9 miles away
Woodland RV Park, Libby, 10 miles away
 Trails Near Kootenai River:
Pulpit Mountain National Recreation Trail, Lincoln , 7 miles away
Crowell Trail, Lincoln , 10 miles away
Grouse Lake Trail, Lincoln , 13 miles away
Berray Mountain Trail, Sanders , 15 miles away
Old Daly Trail, Sanders , 15 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Kootenai River:
Cabinet View Country Club, Libby , 12 miles away
 Lakes Near Kootenai River
Milnor Lake, Lincoln , 8 miles away
Spar Lake, Lincoln , 18 miles away

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