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Great Northern Whitewater Resort/Glacier River School
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West Glacier, MT

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The Box Whitewater Kayaking Trip on the Clarks Fork Yellowstone River

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The Box Info
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Put In:  Honeymooner
Take Out:  Same as the Lower
Difficulty:  Class V , Portage 6-12
Gradient:  135 fpm
Run Length:  19 miles
Good Level:  500-1500 cfs
Season Comments:  June, July, August
Primary Season: 
Water Craft:  kayak
Camping on River:  Yes, it's a multi-day trip.
Location:  In the Rocky Mtn Region (MT,WY), of
Shuttle Logistics: 

To get to the put-in from Cooke City:

Head east on Hwy 212 to the Chief Joseph Hwy.  Turn right and head south about six miles to where the highway crosses the river. 

To get to the take-out:

Continue east on the Chief Joseph Hwy toward Cody.  The road will tee at Hwy 120.  Take a left and head north.  At Hwy 292 take a left and head west.  Follow until the dirt road reaches the river.

The Box on the Clarks Fork Yellowstone River

This is a classic expedition run in one of the deepest canyons in the U.S. with just the Grand Canyon and Hells Canyon being steeper.  Honeymooner is a good warm up for this run with about an 1/8 mile of whitewater below the Honeymooner take-out before the first portage.  Portage Green Monster earlier rather than later.  Four miles of flat water follow.  Some fun read and run rapids lead to the next portage on the left.  Tough, unnamed drops bring you to the first big one, Double Suck., a couple of pourovers with an undercut on river left.  Following Double Suck is Deep Six, a four foot slot that drops fifteen feet.  Balls to the Wall, one of the toughest drops, is next; scout or portage on the right.  Scout Snugalluster and Double Dip; set up safety if necessary. 

The next drop is a portage on the right.  Camp here for the night or hike up to the rim.  The first two big rapids, Russ's Underworld and Log Drop should both be scouted.  Deliberation Corner is the most infamous section with four large drops.  Scout river right.  Portage on the left.  The water calms before the next portage on the left.  Hike high to scout Leap of Faith.  There is a left mandatory portage after taking the Leap.  Dead Indian Falls indicates the end of the harder paddling.  A few class IV rapids remain to the take-out. 

Last Edited by josho on 5/25/2011

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