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Montana whitewater, Sunday Creek

Flathead county, Headwaters to Stillwater River section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS III-IV     14 miles
(...)You guys are asking for problems! This stretch of Sunday creek is choked with logs and is NOT a run. Just read the AWA info on it! This site is a dis-service to paddlers every where and your gonna get someone hurt or pissed off when they drive 300 mile to get to some unnavigable stream. Says Nathan Johnson, Montana paddler

The Headwaters to Stillwater River stretch of Sunday Creek in Flathead County is 14 miles long and is a
    class III-IV section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in Montana is often easier than elsewhere, so keep in mind that a lot of the rivers in this state are suitable for beginners.
The starting location is a short drive from Kalispell, as you can see on the road map further down. The beautiful scenery of Flathead County and the playfulness of the water are reasons enough to come here and paddle. If you have the time you can make this a two day trip, so why not pack your camp stove too. Getting some good exercise and just hanging out with mother nature are sure to keep you coming back for more. Some people prefer whitewater  
rafting and some kayaking, either way this is an area with not too many other places for that. There's camping available near Sunday Creek. This river system has a few good paddling sections and the Headwaters to Stillwater River section is one of them. 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.

Briefly about the general area:
You'll meet a lot of folks from Stryker here. Take a hike on the Mount Marston National Recreation Trail; you can have a good hiking adventure along the Elk Mountain National Recreation Trail.

Sunday Creek, Headwaters to Stillwater 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 Sunday Creek.
 Whitewater Near Sunday Creek:
Sunday Creek, Flathead County, 6 miles away
      Class III-IV - 14 miles long (Headwaters to Stillwater River)
Stillwater River, Flathead County, 9 miles away
      Class III-IV - 3 miles long (Upper Stillwater Lake to Lower Stillwater Lake)
Grave Creek, Lincoln County, 16 miles away
      Class II - 18 miles long (Foundation Creek to Tobacco River)
Flathead River - Middle Fork, Flathead County, 28 miles away
      Class I-II+(III) - 58 miles long (Canadian Border to Blankenship Bridge)
 Ski Areas Near Sunday Creek:
Whitefish, Montana , 30 miles away, 2353 foot drop, 11 lifts, 83 runs
Blacktail Mountain, Montana , 39 miles away, 1440 foot drop, 4 lifts, 24 runs
Castle Mountain, Alberta , 42 miles away, 2850 foot drop, 5 lifts, 59 runs
Fernie, British Columbia , 45 miles away, 2816 foot drop, 10 lifts, 114 runs
Turner Mountain, Montana , 59 miles away, 2110 foot drop, 1 lifts, 20 runs
Lookout Pass, Idaho , 82 miles away, 1150 foot drop, 4 lifts, 34 runs
Montana Snowbowl, Montana , 90 miles away, 2600 foot drop, 4 lifts, 37 runs
Marshall Mountain, Montana , 97 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 3 lifts, 23 runs
Kimberley, British Columbia , 99 miles away, 2465 foot drop, 5 lifts, 80 runs
 Hotels Near Sunday Creek:
Grouse Mountain Lodge, Whitefish , 30 miles away
Lodge At Whitefish Lake, Whitefish , 31 miles away
The Firebrand Hotel, Whitefish , 32 miles away
Hampton Inn - Suites Whitefish, Whitefish , 32 miles away
Best Western Rocky Mountain Lodge, Whitefish , 32 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Sunday Creek:
South Campground, Lincoln County, 6 miles away
Spring Creek - Bull Lake, Stryker, 7 miles away
Martin Falls Campground, Flathead County, 7 miles away
 Trails Near Sunday Creek:
Mount Marston National Recreation Trail, Lincoln , 8 miles away
Elk Mountain National Recreation Trail, Lincoln , 10 miles away
Fort Steele Trail, Flathead , 10 miles away
Griffin Creek Trail, Flathead , 12 miles away
Griffin Creek Trail, Flathead , 14 miles away
 Public Lands Near Sunday Creek:
Glacier National Park, West Glacier - MT , 55 miles away
Whitefish Lake State Park, Montana , 30 miles away
Lone Pine State Park, Montana , 36 miles away
Lake Mary Ronan State Park, Montana , 39 miles away

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