Powder River

Miles City, Montana 59301

Powder River

Powder River Professional Review and Guide

"A remote eastern Montana river, described by pioneers as "a mile wide and an inch deep," that flows through some of Montana's most uninhabited, desolate badlands and prairies. The river is all Class I, suitable for beginners, except for 200 yards of Class II+ rapids beginning at mile 8.

The higher in the drainage you go, the more remote it gets. Some motorboat traffic near the mouth of the Yellowstone. It’s downright lonely at the top. Take a spring float to look for turkeys. Beware of high water in May."

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Trail Information

Miles City
Nearby City
218 miles
Easy to Moderate
Skill Level
Class I-II
Fences, mud and quicksand, rattlesnakes, and hard-to-see sandbars.
Hunting, Fishing, Camping
Additional Use
BLM, Miles City; FWP, Miles City.
Local Contacts
USFS: Custer (Ashland Division); USGS: Ekalaka, MT; Miles City, MT.
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Jul 2018