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Old 05-28-2012   #1
Winter Park, Colorado
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Montana floating and camping

My son & I are in the process of planning a 2-3 day rafting trip in MT, this summer. Would appreciate any info on scenic fishing rivers with public river camping.

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Old 05-29-2012   #2
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Search for North Fork of the Flathead (west border of Glacier NP) and the Blackfoot River (parallel to US200 between Missoula and Ovando).

Both have good camping opportunities, scenery, fishing, and Class II's.

NF Flathead is NPS land on river left, so you need a backcountry permit (inconvenient to difficult to get) to camp there. River right is intermixed private and Flathead NF land. There are NF accesses every 15-18 miles. More difficult access/shuttle up 50+ miles of gravel, but incredible views up north.

Blackfoot is mostly private land on both banks, but there are state fishing accesses and a few campgrounds at decent intervals. Easier access. Pretty nice scenery--kind of a "ranch float" past cows and hayfields for a lot of parts.

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Old 05-29-2012   #3
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The yellowstone, big hole, jefferson, big horn, and missouri all have fish and float trips in the southern part of the state. Most have FAS with camping at various points.
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