Sun River Gibson Dam to the Missouri River

Augusta, Montana

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The Sun River starts in a deep canyon, runs through prairie grasslands and finally meanders past cottonwood bottoms on its way to the Missouri. In the upper river, horizontal upthrusts create ledges of rock that cross the river and create challenging rapids. The river is Class I and II at normal flows with occasional harder spots. Very difficult water (Class 5) for 2.5 miles immediately below Gibson Dam. Excellent canoeing stream for solid intermediate paddlers. When many streams are high and muddy with spring run-off, the Sun may be perfect.
Paddling Montana

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Paddling Montana

by Hank & Carol Fischer (Falcon Guides)

The Sun River starts in a deep canyon, runs through prairie grasslands and finally meanders past cottonwood bottoms on its way to the Missouri. In the upper river, horizontal upthrusts create ledges of rock that cross the river and create challenging rapids.

The river is Class I and II at normal flows with occasional harder spots. Very difficult water (Class 5) for 2.5 miles immediately below Gibson Dam. Excellent canoeing stream for solid intermediate paddlers. When many streams are high and muddy with spring run-off, the Sun may be perfect.

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

Activity Type: Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Augusta
Distance: 101
Class: Class I-II
Local Contacts: Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks, Great Falls, 406-454-5840
Local Maps: BLM #29 (Choteau), #39 (Great Falls North); USFS Lewis and Clark (Rocky Mountain Division), Bob Marshall Complex; USGS Choteau, Great Falls.
Driving Directions: Directions to Sun River: Gibson Dam to the Missouri River

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