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First Whitewater of the new year by Avbird

By April 13, 2021March 1st, 2024Uncategorized

Great Falls literally has whitewater in ever direction. Within a 3 hour drive, you can hit a number of great waves. Here is an illustration.

I happened to notice that while most of Montana was having winter last weekend. Down in Livingston it was going to be 60 and sunny. That’s where one can find Yankee Jim Canyon on the Yellowstone River. Out the door by 9am had us on river at 1 after scouting the main rapids along Hwy 89. Running at 1400 cfs, the largest rapid was a lean, mean, boat stopping machine at that low level.

Once onboard, we all agreed that the snow laced mountains and clear blue pre-run-off water was a treat. A few mintues later the edge of our raft slid over the entry ledge of Boxcar into it’s two huge waves. Water sprayed over the crew, kids laughed and screamed and adults “expressed concerns” with the rough ride.

We floated out the rest of the scenic canyon. We watched an eagle dismantle a fish just 10 feet above us. Then we loaded up, grabbed dinner in White Sulphur Springs and were home by bedtime. #genuinemontana