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Old 08-24-2013   #1
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Bozeman paddling

hey folks.
so here's the deal, im looking at maybe going to school in bozeman potentially. how feasable is it to maintain my addiction to whitewater in the bozeman area. i have never really done much paddling in the fabled lands of montucky. i guess my question is besides big timber what are you folks paddling? and is there any whitewater to be had at all during the school year in the northern rockies?

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Old 08-24-2013   #2
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Better switch to UM.

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Old 08-24-2013   #3
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I don't think there's any boating in MT... You might want to ask caspermike, he might know.
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During the school year it's slim in Bozeman but great May to July. Missoula is where it's at for winter paddling but the skiing in Bozeman is 10 times better.
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Old 08-24-2013   #5
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Missoula for boating in the winter? What? Maybeif the Lochsa comes up, once or twice a winter. But Bozeman has Beartrap which is sunny and doesn't freeze. Missoula, what else is there for winter boating than the gorge and it freezes for a month or two, the sun doesn't get over the walls, and is nearly flat?

Bozeman will provide a real education too, go cats!
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Lochsa season starts in April, but the Madison runs all year.

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Having gone to school at MSU and lived in Missoula for three years, both areas are excellent for outdoor recreation.

Fishing, mountain biking, boating, hiking, XC skiing are comparable at both.

Bozeman clearly gets the nod for downhill skiing.

Both areas lack nearby lakes (but you're not going to play on many lakes during the academic year).

Montana doesn't have incredible whitewater during the school year. School is out in early May, so you could go boating wherever you want after you finish finals!

I went to school in Bozeman and regretted not taking up kayaking until the year I left (and then only learned a roll in the University pool). I recently discovered the Gallatin. It is a gem. I bemoaned not boating while I was a student...but after writing the previous paragraph realize that I also didn't ever spend a summer in Bozeman when I'd have actually gone boating.

If you want a "kayaking school" go to the southeast or west coast!

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Best like driving to be a boater in Montucky. The goods are good but spaced out. In Bozeman you have Beartrap and Quake, in Missoula you have the Gorge and the Kootanai for winter boating.

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