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Montana whitewater, Vermilion River

Sanders county, Headwaters to Clark Fork River section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS IV     22 miles
  The Headwaters to Clark Fork River section of Vermilion River in Montana is 22 miles long and is a class IV section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. The put-in is not too far from Kalispell, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in this state is often easier than elsewhere, so if you're not from around here don't forget that rivers in this state are less demanding.
    The beautiful scenery of Montana and the water flowing gracefully down Vermilion River are reasons enough to come here and paddle. The campgrounds here at Vermilion River are pretty good. Since you're on this site you are
probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way this area has a pretty small number of paddling places. There are a few other stretches 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 you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. This section is long enough for an overnight trip if you take your time, so why  
not pack your sleeping bag too. A good workout and a chance to spend some time outdoors will have you coming back for more. The wild scenery of the Cabinet Mountains is great.

Briefly about the general area:
Going for a hike on the Cataract Creek Trail is always a great adventure; lots of folks from Trout Creek come here. All the outdoors enjoyable things in the Cabinet Mountains will keep you coming back persistently. Near Vermilion River you come across the Grouse Mountain Trail which is a pleasant hiking trail. Lolo National Forest is both nice and beautiful, and it's close to Vermilion River.

Vermilion River, Headwaters to Clark Fork 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 Vermilion River.
 Whitewater Near Vermilion River:
Vermilion River, Sanders County, 8 miles away
      Class IV - 22 miles long (Headwaters to Clark Fork River)
Kootenai River, Lincoln County, 28 miles away
      Class I-IV - 20 miles long (Libby to Troy)
 Ski Areas Near Vermilion River:
Lookout Pass, Idaho , 26 miles away, 1150 foot drop, 4 lifts, 34 runs
Turner Mountain, Montana , 39 miles away, 2110 foot drop, 1 lifts, 20 runs
Silver Mountain, Idaho , 52 miles away, 2200 foot drop, 7 lifts, 73 runs
Blacktail Mountain, Montana , 73 miles away, 1440 foot drop, 4 lifts, 24 runs
Whitefish, Montana , 80 miles away, 2353 foot drop, 11 lifts, 83 runs
Fernie, British Columbia , 80 miles away, 2816 foot drop, 10 lifts, 114 runs
Schweitzer, Idaho , 87 miles away, 2400 foot drop, 8 lifts, 59 runs
Kimberley, British Columbia , 96 miles away, 2465 foot drop, 5 lifts, 80 runs
Castle Mountain, Alberta , 98 miles away, 2850 foot drop, 5 lifts, 59 runs
 Hotels Near Vermilion River:
Rocky Point Ranch, Thompson Falls , 11 miles away
Super 8 St. Regis, Saint Regis , 33 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Vermilion River:
Willow Creek Campground, Sanders County, 8 miles away
Thompson Falls State Park Campground, Sanders County, 10 miles away
Thompson Falls Campground, Sanders County, 10 miles away
 Trails Near Vermilion River:
Grouse Mountain Trail, Sanders , 1 miles away
Cataract Creek Trail, Sanders , 2 miles away
Water Hill Trail, Sanders , 3 miles away
West Fork Trail, Sanders , 3 miles away
Elk Mountain Trail, Sanders , 3 miles away
 Public Lands Near Vermilion River:
Lolo National Forest, Montana , 14 miles away
Thompson Falls State Forest, Montana , 27 miles away
St. Joe National Forest, Idaho , 34 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Vermilion River:
Rivers Bend Golf Course, Thompson Falls , 9 miles away
 Lakes Near Vermilion River
Howard Lake, Lincoln , 15 miles away

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