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Montana whitewater, Stillwater River

Flathead county, Upper Stillwater Lake to Lower Stillwater Lake section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS III-IV     3 miles
  The Upper Stillwater Lake to Lower Stillwater Lake section of Stillwater River in Montana is 3 miles long and has been rated as a class III-IV section by American Whitewater. The wonderful Montana scenery and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water are reasons enough to come here and paddle. The starting point is not too far from Kalispell, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. There's camping available
    near Stillwater River. Getting some good exercise and just hanging out with mother nature are sure to keep you coming back for more. Since you're on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either
way this is an area with plenty of spots for that. This stretch is short so it's not like you're gonna spend hours on the river in one stretch. There are a few other sections in this river system that can be paddled as well. You might have to settle for a hotel a bit away from the river if you want to stay the night, but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. The sections for whitewater rafting and kayaking here  
in Montana are often more forgiving than in other states, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that many of the rivers in this state are not very demanding.

Briefly about the general area:
There are magnificent spots to look at along the Fort Steele Trail, and Stillwater River is not far at all from Olney. Go for a hike on the Ralph Thayer Memorial Trail. At Stillwater River you donít see much precipitation. June is when you get the most rain here while February is the month with the least amount of precipitation. All through the warm months at Stillwater River temperatures are regularly in the 80's, and the night is quite cooler of course, typically in the 40's.

Stillwater River, Upper Stillwater Lake to Lower Stillwater Lake 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 Stillwater River.
 Whitewater Near Stillwater River:
Stillwater River, Flathead County, 3 miles away
      Class III-IV - 3 miles long (Upper Stillwater Lake to Lower Stillwater Lake)
Sunday Creek, Flathead County, 17 miles away
      Class III-IV - 14 miles long (Headwaters to Stillwater River)
Logan Creek, Flathead County, 19 miles away
      Class IV-V - 4.5 miles long (Upper)
Logan Creek, Flathead County, 19 miles away
      Class II-III - -blank- miles long (Lower)
Grave Creek, Lincoln County, 20 miles away
      Class II - 18 miles long (Foundation Creek to Tobacco River)
Flathead River - Middle Fork, Flathead County, 22 miles away
      Class I-II+(III) - 58 miles long (Canadian Border to Blankenship Bridge)
Whitewater Outfitter - Snappy Sport Center, Flathead County, 28 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
 Ski Areas Near Stillwater River:
Whitefish, Montana , 18 miles away, 2353 foot drop, 11 lifts, 83 runs
Blacktail Mountain, Montana , 30 miles away, 1440 foot drop, 4 lifts, 24 runs
Castle Mountain, Alberta , 37 miles away, 2850 foot drop, 5 lifts, 59 runs
Fernie, British Columbia , 53 miles away, 2816 foot drop, 10 lifts, 114 runs
Turner Mountain, Montana , 71 miles away, 2110 foot drop, 1 lifts, 20 runs
Montana Snowbowl, Montana , 82 miles away, 2600 foot drop, 4 lifts, 37 runs
Marshall Mountain, Montana , 89 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 3 lifts, 23 runs
Lookout Pass, Idaho , 90 miles away, 1150 foot drop, 4 lifts, 34 runs
 Marinas Near Stillwater River:
Whitefish Lake Marina, Whitefish , 19 miles away
 Hotels Near Stillwater River:
Grouse Mountain Lodge, Whitefish , 18 miles away
Lodge At Whitefish Lake, Whitefish , 19 miles away
The Firebrand Hotel, Whitefish , 20 miles away
Pine Lodge, Whitefish , 20 miles away
Best Western Rocky Mountain Lodge, Whitefish , 20 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Stillwater River:
Dog Creek Campground, Olney, 2 miles away
Upper Stillwater Campground, Flathead County, 4 miles away
Martin Falls Campground, Flathead County, 5 miles away
 Trails Near Stillwater River:
Fort Steele Trail, Flathead , 2 miles away
Ralph Thayer Memorial Trail, Flathead , 8 miles away
Tally Mountain Billy Creek Trail, Flathead , 10 miles away
Oettiker Creek Trail, Flathead , 10 miles away
Reid Divide Trail, Flathead , 11 miles away
 Public Lands Near Stillwater River:
Glacier National Park, West Glacier - MT , 43 miles away
Whitefish Lake State Park, Montana , 18 miles away
Lone Pine State Park, Montana , 25 miles away
Lake Mary Ronan State Park, Montana , 31 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Stillwater River:
Whitefish Lake Golf Club, Whitefish , 18 miles away
Iron Horse Golf Club, Whitefish , 19 miles away
 Lakes Near Stillwater River
Lore Lake, Flathead , 17 miles away
Ashley Lake, Flathead , 17 miles away
Lake Monroe, Flathead , 20 miles away

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