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Montana whitewater, Yellowstone River

Park county, Gardiner to Miner section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS I-III     4 miles
I run a Kayak school on the Yellowstone River. If anyone wants tips of levels, good playspots or take out/put in info, give me a call. 406-223-7814 Says Ford Smith

Yankee Jim Canyon is the only decent section of this stretch. Says Ford Smith

The starting location is a reasonable drive from Bozeman, as you can see on the road map further down. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in Montana is often easier than elsewhere, so you'd
    better keep in mind that a lot of the rivers in this state are suitable for beginners. The natural beauty of Park County and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream attract people from near and far. This
section of Yellowstone River in Montana is 4 miles long and is according to American Whitewater a class I-III section of whitewater. Getting a good workout and a chance to spend some time outdoors have people coming from far and near. The Gardiner to Miner section is one of a few paddling sections in this river system. This section is long enough to enjoy a good non stop paddle, you can easily run it on an afternoon. There are campgrounds  
quite near the river where you can camp. There arenít any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. No matter if you're whitewater rafting or kayaking around here you'll find a large number of good rivers.

Briefly about the general area:
A trip to Yellowstone National Park is recommended; Yellowstone River is right by the Pole Gulch Trail. Yellowstone River is a place with many visitors from Emigrant, and hiking along the Sportsman Lake Trail is good fun. At this river you will never have a bad time.

Yellowstone River, Gardiner to Miner 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 Yellowstone River.
 Whitewater Near Yellowstone River:
Yellowstone River, Park County, 3 miles away
      Class I-III - 4 miles long (Gardiner to Miner)
Mulherin Creek, Park County, 8 miles away
      Class II-III - 9 miles long (Yellowstone National Park to Yellowstone River)
Whitewater Outfitter - Wild West Rafting, Park County, 13 miles away
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Whitewater Outfitter - Montana Whitewater Rafting, Park County, 13 miles away
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Whitewater Outfitter - Flying Pig Camp Store, Park County, 13 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Whitewater Outfitter - Yellowstone Raft, Park County, 13 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Gallatin River, Gallatin County, 19 miles away
      Class I-II - 20 miles long (Yellowstone National Park to West Fork Gallatin)
Gallatin River, Gallatin County, 24 miles away
      Class II-IV - 13 miles long (Greek Creek to Spanish Creek)
Whitewater Outfitter - Geyser Whitewater Expeditions, Gallatin County, 27 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Gallatin River, Gallatin County, 27 miles away
      Class II-III - 11 miles long (West Fork Gallatin to Greek Creek)
 Ski Areas Near Yellowstone River:
Bridger Bowl, Montana , 31 miles away, 2600 foot drop, 8 lifts, 71 runs
Big Sky, Montana , 38 miles away, 4350 foot drop, 17 lifts, 150 runs
Moonlight Basin, Montana , 40 miles away, 4166 foot drop, 7 lifts, 97 runs
Grand Targhee, Wyoming , 68 miles away, 2212 foot drop, 5 lifts, 74 runs
Jackson Hole, Wyoming , 78 miles away, 4139 foot drop, 11 lifts, 116 runs
Showdown, Montana , 82 miles away, 1400 foot drop, 4 lifts, 34 runs
Snow King, Wyoming , 84 miles away, 1571 foot drop, 5 lifts, 16 runs
Kelly Canyon, Idaho , 92 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 5 lifts, 26 runs
 Hotels Near Yellowstone River:
Yellowstone Basin Inn, Gardiner , 8 miles away
Comfort Inn Yellowstone North, Gardiner , 12 miles away
Rodeway Inn & Suites Gardiner, Gardiner , 12 miles away
Best Western By Mammoth Hot Springs, Gardiner , 12 miles away
Yellowstone Big Rock Inn, Gardiner , 12 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Yellowstone River:
Yankee Jim Campground and Picnic Area, Park County, 1 miles away
Canyon, Emigrant, 2 miles away
Carbella Campground, Park County, 3 miles away
 Trails Near Yellowstone River:
Pole Gulch Trail, Park , 9 miles away
Sportsman Lake Trail, Park , 10 miles away
Pole Gulch Trail, Park , 10 miles away
Sportsman Lake Trail, Park , 10 miles away
Red Rock Trail, Gallatin , 11 miles away
 Public Lands Near Yellowstone River:
Yellowstone National Park, Yellowstone National Park - WY , 15 miles away
Gallatin National Forest, Montana , 16 miles away
Custer National Forest, Montana , 34 miles away
 Lakes Near Yellowstone River
Leech Lake, Park , 11 miles away
Hyalite Lake, Gallatin , 12 miles away

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