Bull River

Noxon, Montana

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The Bull River offers a quiet float in view of Montana’s snow-topped Cabinet Mountains, from which the river finds its source. Paddlers who carry binoculars may spot bighorn sheep on either side of the river valley. Some will startle moose and otters. The trip starts in a soggy meadow dotted with cottonwood trees and beaver ponds. The meadows gradually melt into forests toward the take-out. While the scenery is wonderful, this is not a wilderness trip. Cars on SR 56 are frequently within earshot, and the two-lane highway is visible in places. Most of the land in sight is federally owned, and managed by the Kootenai National Forest. But the valley floor itself is mostly private, and dotted with houses. Livestock has overgrazed the riverbank in places.
Paddling Washington: Routes in Washington State & the Inland Northwest

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Paddling Washington: Routes in Washington State & the Inland Northwest

by Verne Huser, Rich Landers, Dan Hansen, and Doug North (The Mountaineers Books)

The Bull River offers a quiet float in view of Montana’s snow-topped Cabinet Mountains, from which the river finds its source. Paddlers who carry binoculars may spot bighorn sheep on either side of the river valley. Some will startle moose and otters. The trip starts in a soggy meadow dotted with cottonwood trees and beaver ponds. The meadows gradually melt into forests toward the take-out.

While the scenery is wonderful, this is not a wilderness trip. Cars on SR 56 are frequently within earshot, and the two-lane highway is visible in places. Most of the land in sight is federally owned, and managed by the Kootenai National Forest. But the valley floor itself is mostly private, and dotted with houses. Livestock has overgrazed the riverbank in places.

©  Verne Huser, Rich Landers, Dan Hansen, and Doug North/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Noxon
Distance: 14
Duration: 5 hours
Class: Class I-II
Season: Best: Virtually year-round
Local Contacts: Kootenai National Forest, Cabinet Ranger Station near Trout Creek
Local Maps: USGS Smeads Bench, Ibex Peak
Driving Directions: Directions to Bull River

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