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3 Day Mission Whitewater Kayaking Trip on the Stillwater River

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3 Day Mission Info
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Put In:  Daisy Pass by Cooke City
Take Out:  Stillwater-Woodbine Trailhead
Difficulty:  Class V + , Portage many
Gradient:  143 fpm
Run Length:  24 miles
Good Level:  2000-4000 cfs
Streamflow Comments: 
Season Comments:  June, July
Primary Season: 
Camping on River:  Yes, this is an expedition run.
Location:  In the Rocky Mtn Region (MT), of
Shuttle Logistics: 

To get to the take-out from Livingston:

1. Head northeast on I-90 BUS E/US-89 N toward N B St
3.6 mi
2. Take the ramp onto I-90 E/US-191 N/US-89 N
70.4 mi
3. Take exit 408 for State Route 78 toward Columbus
0.3 mi
4. Turn right at MT-78 S/State Route 78 S
0.7 mi
5. Turn right at E Pike Ave
0.2 mi
6. Take the 1st left onto MT-78 S/Pratten St
16.7 mi
7. Turn right at Co Rd 419/Nye Rd/Slims Ln
28.2 mi
8. Slight left
0.2 mi
9. Turn right
82 ft
10. Turn right
0.1 mi
11. Turn left
243 ft

To get to the put-in from the take-out:

1. Head west
243 ft
2. Turn right toward Co Rd 419/Nat for Dev Rd Road 419/Nye Rd
0.1 mi
3. Turn left toward Co Rd 419/Nat for Dev Rd Road 419/Nye Rd
82 ft
4. Turn left toward Co Rd 419/Nat for Dev Rd Road 419/Nye Rd
0.2 mi
5. Slight right at Co Rd 419/Nat for Dev Rd Road 419/Nye Rd
28.2 mi
6. Turn left at MT-78 N/Co Rd 289
16.7 mi
7. Turn right at E Pike Ave
0.2 mi
8. Take the 3rd left onto MT-78 N/N 9th St
0.9 mi
9. Turn left to merge onto I-90 W toward Butte
75.5 mi
10. Take exit 333 for US-89 S toward City Center/Yellowstone/National Park
0.3 mi
11. Turn left at US-89 S
53.0 mi
12. Turn right to stay on US-89 S
5.4 mi
13. Turn right to stay on US-89 S
177 ft
14. Take the 1st left onto Grand Loop Rd
18.1 mi
15. Turn left at US-212 E/NE Entrance Rd
33.1 mi
16. Turn left at Daisy Pass Trail Rd
1.4 mi
17. Turn left
2.4 mi
18. Turn right
331 f

3 Day Mission on the Stillwater River

Drive up Daisy Pass until the road is blocked with snow.  From here hike to the top of the pass to the sign pointing the way to headwaters of the Stillwater.  An hour long hike will lead to a small stream which is the Stillwater.  Put in where possible.  Follow down.  Be ready for a lot of walking, probable more portaging than paddling.  The first couple of days go like this. 

The Vertical Lakes section make this mission worthwhile.  A small mountain in the valley called Tripod Hill signals the beginning of the gorge.  The first rapid is usually portaged left.  The next horizon line also signals a portage on the right.  After the first gorge are four lakes joined by class V drops.  Most are relatively clean but should be scouted.  The run doesn't slow down from here.  Reaching the Pots means more portaging but also a triumphant end with cold beers and jubilation. 

Last Edited by josho on 5/25/2011

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