Judith River Confluence of the Middle and South forks to the Missouri River

Winifred, Montana

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This excellent canoeing stream flows through isolated breaks country that features white cliffs, deep coulees, and peculiar rock formations. The river is mostly Class I, except for a 1-mile Class II rapid beginning a mile upstream from the Montana Highway 81 bridge. Suitable for intermediates in canoes or practiced beginners in rafts. In wet years a fall trip may be possible. The fast-flowing Judith River gets its start in the Little Belt Mountains and then courses through forests, badlands, and arid prairies for 130 miles before meeting the Missouri River not far from Judith Landing. This must have been the point in Lewis and Clark’s journey where they got lonely for female companionship, as Captain Clark named the Judith for Julia “Judy” Hancock (whom he later married) and not far upstream Captain Lewis named the Marias (Maria’s River) after Maria Wood, a cousin he was fond of.
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by Hank & Carol Fischer (Falcon Guides)

This excellent canoeing stream flows through isolated breaks country that features white cliffs, deep coulees, and peculiar rock formations. The river is mostly Class I, except for a 1-mile Class II rapid beginning a mile upstream from the Montana Highway 81 bridge. Suitable for intermediates in canoes or practiced beginners in rafts. In wet years a fall trip may be possible.

The fast-flowing Judith River gets its start in the Little Belt Mountains and then courses through forests, badlands, and arid prairies for 130 miles before meeting the Missouri River not far from Judith Landing. This must have been the point in Lewis and Clark’s journey where they got lonely for female
companionship, as Captain Clark named the Judith for Julia “Judy” Hancock (whom he later married) and not far upstream Captain Lewis named the Marias (Maria’s River) after Maria Wood, a cousin he was fond of.

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

Activity Type: Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Winifred
Distance: 130
Skill Level: Easy
Class: Class I
Local Contacts: BLM, Lewiston, 406-538-7461
Local Maps: BLM #51 (White Sulphur Springs), #58 (Winifred), #59 (Lewiston), #60 (Big Snowy Mtns.); USFS Lewis & Clark (Jefferson Division); USGS White Sulphur, Roundup, Lewistown.
Driving Directions: Directions to Judith River: Confluence of the Middle and South forks to the Missouri River

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