Dearborn River

Lincoln, Montana 59639

Dearborn River

Dearborn River Professional Review and Guide

"Crystal-clear waters rush through narrow canyons with sheer walls and spectacular rock formations on this highly scenic small stream. While many people do this lower section in one day, if you take much time for photography, fishing, or swimming, you won’t make it. The Dearborn Canyon is so spectacular that you will want to take your time, but public land camping opportunities are extremely limited, which makes it difficult to stay overnight on the river.

The typical Dearborn River float season is quite short. The water is often high and dirty into early June, and it often gets too low to float by mid-July. The river offers excellent fly fishing for small rainbows and some cutthroats."

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Trail Information

Lincoln
Nearby City
67 miles
Distance
Easy to Moderate
Skill Level
Class I-II
Class
A small waterfall at mile 34, 10 miles downstream from the Dearborn Canyon Road put-in. Fences, rock gardens, rapids, and shallow waters.
Hazards/Cautions
Swimming, Fishing
Additional Use
Waterfalls
Features
Montana Fly Goods, Helena; FWP, Great Falls
Local Contacts
USFS: Lewis and Clark (Rocky Mountain Division); USGS: Great Falls, MT; Choteau, MT.
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Jul 2018