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Montana whitewater, Smith River

Cascade Meagher county, Camp Baker to Eden Bridge section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS I-III     59 miles
Ö You need a permit through the state drawn in Feb. This is a pristine fishing section of this river and there are many regulations you must pay attention to. Says MTyson

The nature scenery of Cascade/ Meagher County and the cool fresh water have people coming here. The starting location is a short drive from Great Falls, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you wonít get lost. The Camp Baker to Eden Bridge
    section is one of a few paddling sections in this river system. You can pitch a tent or park your RV at a nearby campground. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in Montana are easier than the national norm, so better not
forget that quite a few of the sections in this state are pretty easy. A bit of exercise and just being out on the river for a while will have you coming back for more. A section like this is is of course not run in a single day, so better bring your camping gear along. This stretch of Smith River is 59 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class I-III section. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter,  
this area has a pretty small number of paddling rivers. There arenít any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination. Whitewater paddling here in the Big Belt Mountains is a great experience.

Briefly about the general area:
Lots of people from Great Falls come to Smith River. All through the summer at Smith River highs are frequently in the 80's, and through the night it cools down to the 40's. For the duration of the winter highs are frequently in the 30's, and nighttime lows in the 10's for Smith River.

Smith River, Camp Baker to Eden 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 Smith River.
 Whitewater Near Smith River:
Tenderfoot Creek, Meagher County, 13 miles away
      Class II - 11 miles long (South Fork Tenderfoot to Smith River)
Smith River, Cascade/ Meagher County, 17 miles away
      Class I-III - 59 miles long (Camp Baker to Eden Bridge)
Missouri River, -blank- County, 22 miles away
      Class II(V) - 9 miles long (Great Falls)
 Ski Areas Near Smith River:
Showdown, Montana , 44 miles away, 1400 foot drop, 4 lifts, 34 runs
Bridger Bowl, Montana , 67 miles away, 2600 foot drop, 8 lifts, 71 runs
Great Divide, Montana , 71 miles away, 1503 foot drop, 6 lifts, 140 runs
Moonlight Basin, Montana , 84 miles away, 4166 foot drop, 7 lifts, 97 runs
Big Sky, Montana , 86 miles away, 4350 foot drop, 17 lifts, 150 runs
 Hotels Near Smith River:
Crystal Inn Hotel And Suites Great Falls, Great Falls , 18 miles away
Hilton Garden Inn Great Falls, Great Falls , 18 miles away
Comfort Inn & Suites Market - Airport, Great Falls , 18 miles away
Hampton Inn Great Falls, Great Falls , 18 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites GREAT FALLS, Great Falls , 18 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Smith River:
Missouri Meadows Campground, Great Falls, 18 miles away
Dicks RV Park, Great Falls, 19 miles away
Great Falls KOA Kampground, Great Falls, 20 miles away
 Trails Near Smith River:
Deep Creek Figure 8 Loop National Recreation Trail, Meagher , 16 miles away
 Public Lands Near Smith River:
Lewis and Clark National Forest, Montana , 18 miles away
Ulm Pishkun State Park, Montana , 21 miles away
Giant Springs State Park, Montana , 22 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Smith River:
Gannon Ranch Golf Course, Great Falls , 18 miles away
Meadow Lark Country Club, Great Falls , 19 miles away
Emerald Green Golf Club, Great Falls , 19 miles away
 Lakes Near Smith River
Stoyanoff Lake, Meagher , 19 miles away

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