Are These Very Popular Rivers The Most Dangerous In Montana?
Montana certainly has its share of rivers.
Of course, some are a little more well-known than others, like the Missouri, Yellowstone, and Clark Fork, although the Bighorn, Blackfoot, Gallatin, Kootenai, Madison, and Milk are popular choices for those that love life on the water as well.
With activities like fishing, boating, floating, and rafting being so popular here, Montana is an outdoor paradise. However, some rivers pose more danger than others. So, what are considered the most dangerous rivers in Montana?
A few years back, the Ravalli County Sheriff's Department said that statistically, the Bitterroot River is one of the most dangerous in the state. One of the reasons? According to a report from NBC Montana, the character of the river changes from year to year, so conditions can be unpredictable.
Recreators on the Bitterroot often have issues related to dams, fallen trees, and other debris, and such situations can turn bad quickly.
The Yellowstone is another river that can certainly be considered dangerous. While most of the river is peaceful and slow-moving, there are sections, especially throughout the Yankee Jim Canyon, that can be rather challenging.
However, Montanans certainly saw the damage that the Yellowstone River is capable of earlier this year with the record flooding that took place in the southwestern part of the state. Bridges, sections of roads, and even homes were wiped out by the raging flood waters.
The flood cost millions of dollars in not only damaged property, but in loss of tourists' time and dollars.
Officials would remind you, no matter what river you decide to enjoy, always be aware of the conditions, make sure that you have all the safety gear you need, and use caution.