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Old 08-12-2013   #1
 
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Best Montana Mid-August Float

Hi there,

Have a friend coming into town this upcoming weekend, and looking for a float to do in western/southern Montana. Nothing too crazy/technical, as this is my first summer doing lots of paddling (done the Middle Fork Flathead, Blackfoot, Smith, Dearborn, and Lower Salmon thus far, and am fine with doing them again if they get the recommendation). I've got a 14' inflatable. Doing some whitewater (class II or III probably) is preferred, but not necessary. Just not sure what to do at this time of year. The Middle Fork Flathead is running just above 1,000 cfs, which may be doable... Maybe thinking of the Yellowstone just above Livingston too.

Any suggestions out there? Thanks in advance

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Old 08-12-2013   #2
 
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I would suggest the Alberton Gorge. Fun float even at low water.
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we floated upper Yellowstone on sunday.river was great but way to many people
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Old 08-12-2013   #4
 
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MF Flathead is ok at this flow, but Alberton is usually the best bet for a late summer run.
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Middle Fork Flathead is low. Buffalo is good below Polson. North Fork Flathead is grest
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Beartrap canyon on the Madison
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Definitely Beartrap Canyon on the Madison this time of year. It is 12 miles of wilderness, an incredible place with wildlife everywhere and way better experience than the others listed. Only 1 class 4 rapid that is juicy, the rest is mainly class 3. Shuttle is hitchable if you have to but takes 2 rides usually.

Upper Yellowstone in Gardiner is fun but only 3 minus this time of year and roadside. Alberton is far northern Montana and also fun but it's not the Beartrap.
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I do not recommend bearteap for someone looking for class II-III. Kitchen sink is a much more technical rapid than most, even at flows where it is "mellow". If there is someone that can row your boat through as a backup, then Beartrap would be great.
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Awesome, thanks for the tips. I've heard that Beartrap was a little dicey, so I hadn't considered it until now. Sounds like I ought to do that and/or Alberton then.
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two weeks ago I tipped my 14ft sotar over below kitchen sink. the first time ive ever tipped over a boat. take it serious.
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