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Old 07-17-2006   #1
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Montana creek season

I will be heading up to Missoula this fall and was wondering if there was a short creek season in the fall should it rain before the snow flies. Any info is good info.


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Old 07-17-2006   #2
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Just a general rule about rain in the intermountain west--Mont., Idaho, Colorado, New Mexico: Unless it's torrential, rain doesn't fill up creeks like it does in the east. It does however, make the bigger drainages rise which can bring in playspots on rivers like the Colorado (South Canyon) and Salmon (Blackhawk, Cat's Paw,).

For the fall in Montana, hit the Kootenai if it's between 10,000 and 20,000 (dam release). You can surf your brains out at Super Wave and then hit the park and huck waterfall at Kootenai Falls until your spine compresses. Also, Idaho's Salmon has sick play and the North Fork of the Payette (dam release) runs in the fall at 2,000--better than Gauley fest with less people and more continuous hair. Also, keep an eye on the Little White Salmon near Hood River. It's close to the coast and gets going with rain.......peace...........
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Old 07-19-2006   #3
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Yes, the creeks around Missoula usually run once or twice in the fall. It does require significant rain, however.

Bear Creek (best Missoula area class V) is mostly bedrock up high in the drainage and flashes to runnable levels fairly easily.

The Lochsa usually runs at some point in the fall, too.
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Kootenai RIver is your only hope, but that run is so sweet you'll be stoked.
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