Big Hole River Skinner Lake near Jackson MT to Jefferson River

Jackson, Montana

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Amber waters flowing over cobbled bottoms and through scenic valleys create on of Montana's most famous fishing rivers. Swift flows, numerous snags, and obstructions make this river too difficult for beginners except between Wisdom and Wise River. Try fishing in late March of April -- before runoff -- to avoid crowds. Try birding from a raft or canoe between Wisdom and Wise River during spring migration. Adventuresome floaters can start as high in the Big Hole drainage as Jackson, where the river is small and sinuous with many channels and obstacles. Barbed-wire fences are common and sharp bends into overhanging branches are the rule. At high water, it’s a challenge to stay out of the bushes; at low water, it’s a challenge to stay off the bottom. Nevertheless, the section from Jackson to Wisdom is isolated, interesting, and navigable by intermediates in canoes or kayaks. It’s mighty small for a raft.
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Paddling Montana

by Hank & Carol Fischer (Falcon Guides)

Amber waters flowing over cobbled bottoms and through scenic valleys create on of Montana's most famous fishing rivers. Swift flows, numerous snags, and obstructions make this river too difficult for beginners except between Wisdom and Wise River. Try fishing in late March of April -- before runoff -- to avoid crowds. Try birding from a raft or canoe between Wisdom and Wise River during spring migration.

Adventuresome floaters can start as high in the Big Hole drainage as Jackson, where the river is small and sinuous with many channels and obstacles. Barbed-wire fences are common and sharp bends into overhanging branches are the rule. At high water, it’s a challenge to stay out of the bushes; at low water, it’s a challenge to stay off the bottom. Nevertheless, the section from Jackson to Wisdom is isolated, interesting, and navigable by intermediates in canoes or kayaks. It’s mighty small for a raft.

©  Hank & Carol Fischer/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Jackson
Distance: 156
Class: Class I-III
Local Contacts: Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, Bozeman, 406-994-4042
Local Maps: BLM #23 (Wisdom), #24 (Salmon), #33 (Butte South), #34 (Dillon).
Driving Directions: Directions to Big Hole River: Skinner Lake near Jackson (MT) to Jefferson River

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