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Montana whitewater, Tenderfoot Creek

Meagher county, South Fork Tenderfoot to Smith River section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II     11 miles
I'm a land owner on the Tenderfoot and I wouldn't recomend trying to float it. It is a fun place to go tubing and have short floats but it isn't a good place for an extended trip. There are numerous log jams and gravel bars to navigate. On the other hand The Smith River is awesome. Says Lee Zehntner

The nature scenery of Meagher County and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water beats anything. If you've been whitewater rafting and
    kayaking outside Montana you might find the rivers here a bit more manageable, so you'd better keep in mind that many of the sections in this state are safe for beginners. Getting a good workout and spending some quality
time in nature have people coming from far and near. The starting point is not too far from Great Falls, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you won’t get lost. No matter if you're whitewater rafting or kayaking in this general area you won't find many other paddling places. If you're a camper you can camp at one of the great campgrounds nearby. 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. This stretch has enough mileage for an overnight trip, so pack your camping stuff. The South Fork Tenderfoot to Smith River stretch is one of a few paddling stretches in this river system.

Briefly about the general area:
Lewis and Clark National Forest is a delightful place to pop by on a wonderful day. On a great day at Tenderfoot Creek you can take a hike along the Deep Creek Figure 8 Loop National Recreation Trail, and Double Gulch is also a splendid site to discover. Coming to this river is always a good idea.

Tenderfoot Creek, South Fork Tenderfoot to Smith River road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


Detailed Map

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These outdoors activities are available near Tenderfoot Creek.
 Whitewater Near Tenderfoot Creek:
Tenderfoot Creek, Meagher County, 5 miles away
      Class II - 11 miles long (South Fork Tenderfoot to Smith River)
Smith River, Cascade/ Meagher County, 7 miles away
      Class I-III - 59 miles long (Camp Baker to Eden Bridge)
Belt Creek, Cascade County, 28 miles away
      Class II-III - 14 miles long (Monarch to Riceville)
Missouri River, -blank- County, 28 miles away
      Class II(V) - 9 miles long (Great Falls)
 Ski Areas Near Tenderfoot Creek:
Showdown, Montana , 37 miles away, 1400 foot drop, 4 lifts, 34 runs
Bridger Bowl, Montana , 58 miles away, 2600 foot drop, 8 lifts, 71 runs
Great Divide, Montana , 76 miles away, 1503 foot drop, 6 lifts, 140 runs
Moonlight Basin, Montana , 79 miles away, 4166 foot drop, 7 lifts, 97 runs
Big Sky, Montana , 79 miles away, 4350 foot drop, 17 lifts, 150 runs
 Hotels Near Tenderfoot Creek:
Great Falls Inn By Riversage, Great Falls , 26 miles away
Super 8 Great Falls MT, Great Falls , 26 miles away
Comfort Inn Great Falls, Great Falls , 26 miles away
Fairfield Inn Great Falls, Great Falls , 26 miles away
Holiday Inn GREAT FALLS, Great Falls , 26 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Tenderfoot Creek:
Logging Creek Campground, Cascade County, 16 miles away
 Trails Near Tenderfoot Creek:
Deep Creek Figure 8 Loop National Recreation Trail, Meagher , 10 miles away
 Public Lands Near Tenderfoot Creek:
Lewis and Clark National Forest, Montana , 10 miles away
Sluice Boxes State Park, Montana , 22 miles away
Giant Springs State Park, Montana , 28 miles away
 Lakes Near Tenderfoot Creek
Stoyanoff Lake, Meagher , 12 miles away

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