Yellowstone River Wyoming boundary to North Dakota boundary

Gardiner, Montana

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The longest free-flowing river in the lower 48 states, the Yellowstone tumbles down a mountain valley, traverses prairie grasslands and meanders through cottonwood groves on its way to meeting the Missouri River. The only physical evidence of the Lewis and Clark Expedition in Montana- Captain Clark's name carved on a rock- can still be seen near the Yellowstone east of Billings. The river is Class I at normal flows except for the first 20 miles below Gardiner, where it is Class II and III (Class IV at peak flows). Spend a month and take a Lewis and Clark trip from Billings to the North Dakota border.
Paddling Montana

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Paddling Montana

by Hank & Carol Fischer (Falcon Guides)

The longest free-flowing river in the lower 48 states, the Yellowstone tumbles down a mountain valley, traverses prairie grasslands and meanders through cottonwood groves on its way to meeting the Missouri River.

The only physical evidence of the Lewis and Clark Expedition in Montana- Captain Clark's name carved on a rock- can still be seen near the Yellowstone east of Billings. The river is Class I at normal flows except for the first 20 miles below Gardiner, where it is Class II and III (Class IV at peak flows). Spend a month and take a Lewis and Clark trip from Billings to the North Dakota border.

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

Activity Type: Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Gardiner
Class: Class I-III
Local Contacts: Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks, Billings, 406-247-2940
Local Maps: BLM RAG-36, #53 (Livingston), #54 (Gardiner), #62 (Big Timber), #71 (Billings), #79 (Hysham), #80 (Hardin), #88 (Forsyth), #96 (Terry), #97 (Miles City), #103 (Sidney), #104 (Glendive), #105 (Wibaux); USFS Custer (Beartooth); USGS Bozeman, Billings, Forsyth, Miles City, Glendive; FWP: Treasure of God (Billings to Missouri River); Montana Afloat: #12 (The Yellowstone River from Gardiner to Big Timber), #13 (The Yellowstone River from Big Timber to Huntley).
Driving Directions: Directions to Yellowstone River: Wyoming boundary to North Dakota boundary

Recent Trail Reviews

7/29/2002
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We put two rafts in on the Yellowstone River about 25 miles south of Livingston, MT for a 12 mile float. There are numerous access points along this section of the Yellowstone River for floats of a few hours to several days. This section of the river is all class 1 water, but with a good current flow to help keep you moving along at a nice pace. Ocassional ripples provide some fun. The views on the banks of the River are fairly mundane from next to highway US 89, to ranches, camping and outfitting areas, and some forest areas. The views in the distance, however, are spectacular of the Gallitan National Forest & Gallitan Mountain chain to the West, and the Beartooth & Absoraka Mountain chain to the East & Northeast. All in all, a pleasant float for beginning rafters, but also enjoyable for experienced rafters with inexperienced guests along.



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