Montana Outdoors

June 2, 2012

The third rapids

Filed under: Montana — Tags: — montucky @ 10:35 pm

There is a stretch of river near where I live that contains some sections of rapids. It is commonly thought that there are two rapids, but actually there is a third. It receives very few visitors and that’s just the way I like it!

Rainy day on the river

Rainy morning on the river


  1. such a lovely place to get to spend time and explore. your photos are wonderful !


    Comment by Tammie — June 3, 2012 @ 12:28 am

    • I figured out how to get to that place last winter and I plan to spend some time there this summer. That stretch of water is excellent for large trout, and I noticed a lot of elk tracks at the edge of the timber. I know there are bear in there too.


      Comment by montucky — June 3, 2012 @ 12:46 am

  2. Cool, sounds like a bit of heaven on earth. How neat to just plant a small cabin right there. . . . .wishful dreams. . .


    Comment by Homestead Ramblings — June 3, 2012 @ 5:18 am

    • I might set my small tent there for a night or two later in the summer.


      Comment by montucky — June 3, 2012 @ 10:52 pm

  3. You live a fabulous part of the world! I can imagine kayaking down that river, shooting the rapids, pausing to take photographs of the inspiring scenery and wildlife… !



    Comment by Finn Holding — June 3, 2012 @ 5:54 am

    • I see a few kayakers on the river every summer and a few float the river in rafts. I fish it fairly often for trout, and there are a lot of wildlife along it.


      Comment by montucky — June 3, 2012 @ 10:55 pm

  4. Really nice. I can hear the water rushing along. What a peaceful place.


    Comment by anniespickns — June 3, 2012 @ 6:48 am

    • This is the third in a series of rapids. On summer nights when we can have the windows open. I can hear the sound of the first rapids.


      Comment by montucky — June 3, 2012 @ 10:57 pm

  5. Such peace in these images Terry. What a place to encounter first hand…


    Comment by Stacey Dawn — June 3, 2012 @ 9:00 am

    • It’s really not all that remote, but I think seldom visited and a place where I will surely spend more time.


      Comment by montucky — June 3, 2012 @ 10:58 pm

  6. Great photos and I understand wanting it for yourself at times. I always enjoy fishing in bad weather which usually means I have the place to myself. The more adverse the conditions the better….I say.


    Comment by Grampy — June 3, 2012 @ 10:29 am

    • Some of my best memories of growing up were in late summer when a rain storm would come up in the late afternoon and my Dad and I would grab our fly rods and head for the river!


      Comment by montucky — June 3, 2012 @ 10:59 pm

  7. Appears some folks with saws instead of cameras found their way to this special place years ago….


    Comment by Kim — June 3, 2012 @ 11:29 am

    • This is in a section of state land that has had some logging activity in the past. I suspect that these trees might have met their demise from some other reason, perhaps fire. Even way back when these trees were alive I don’t think they logged right down to the river bank, but who knows.


      Comment by montucky — June 3, 2012 @ 11:02 pm

  8. It is a beautiful stretch of river. I hope it is remote enough to keep it that way for a long time.


    Comment by sandy — June 3, 2012 @ 1:59 pm

    • Being that this is part of a mile-long river front that is state forest, it will probably stay about the same. They selectively log further away from the river though. The main threat to places like this will come from pleasure boats on the river.


      Comment by montucky — June 3, 2012 @ 11:03 pm

  9. It is such beautiful BIG country out there. Everything seems so expansive compared to New England.


    Comment by New Hampshire Garden Solutions — June 3, 2012 @ 4:59 pm

    • Yes, it is big. Montana contains 147 thousand square miles and the mountains make it seem even larger. Fortunately too it has not had the development that has taken place further east.


      Comment by montucky — June 3, 2012 @ 11:06 pm

  10. What a beautiful place that you can call almost your own. Why were those trees cut down?


    Comment by Candace — June 3, 2012 @ 7:05 pm

    • I don’t know what happened to those trees. It was a long time ago and there is not a lot of evidence left. The state does selectively log that section (square mile), but I doubt that they would have logged right next to the river. Who knows!


      Comment by montucky — June 3, 2012 @ 11:08 pm

  11. I think I could camp there for a whole summer and not be ready to go home when it was over.


    Comment by jomegat — June 3, 2012 @ 8:52 pm

    • If you like trout, you might do quite well there. That’s actually only a couple of miles from where I live and it’s a wonderful place to be in the summer! As for camping, there are some wonderful sand banks just above the river, perfect for sleeping!


      Comment by montucky — June 3, 2012 @ 11:11 pm

  12. Hi Montucky, Lovely for the wildlife, fish, and you! Have a great Monday and coming week!


    Comment by wildlifewatcher — June 3, 2012 @ 9:13 pm

  13. If those folks on the mountain need a live-in caretaker, I’m available. I can split wood. I can bake bread without a recipe. I don’t have to have television. I’m not afraid of the dark.


    Comment by shoreacres — June 3, 2012 @ 10:04 pm

    • Lol! With those skills, you would do very well here! By the way, if you want to keep your hand in at splitting wood, I have a few more cords left to split yet before winter…

      Actually, what looks like a house on the left slope in the second photo is really just a rocky outcrop with some wind(?) caves in it. Before the summer is over, I will hike up there and explore that. There is a ranch down that way after about a mile and another one about a mile upriver, but their buildings are on fields above the river. The high ground in the right background of the second photo is part of KooKooSint Ridge which is in the TeePee-Spring Creek roadless area.


      Comment by montucky — June 3, 2012 @ 11:19 pm

  14. Wonderful landscape photos. I especially like the first one. And it shows why we should not dread rainy and foggy weather, because it is great for photography and lanscape colours.


    Comment by bentehaarstad — June 4, 2012 @ 4:30 am

    • Thanks! Yes, I love rainy and foggy weather, especially for photographing wildflowers which often have such delicate colors.


      Comment by montucky — June 4, 2012 @ 9:16 pm

  15. What a gorgeous scene. Wonderful mood you’ve captured/created here.


    Comment by Marcie — June 4, 2012 @ 6:11 am

  16. This is what I remember about Montana…finding places like this and having them to ourselves. Ahhhhhhhh. Super photos!!!


    Comment by dhphotosite — June 4, 2012 @ 6:41 am

    • There are still lots of places like this around, David. Thankfully!


      Comment by montucky — June 4, 2012 @ 9:20 pm

  17. What a beautiful place … I can picture a bear or two fishing right there 😉
    To me, it looks like fire took those trees … I also see several young trees growing there to take their place.


    Comment by bearyweather — June 5, 2012 @ 2:32 am

    • I know there are black bears in that area, as well as deer and elk. My guess would be fire on those trees too, but whatever happened, it was a long time ago.


      Comment by montucky — June 5, 2012 @ 8:38 pm

  18. Beautiful! I’d love to camp there. May not ever go back home though …


    Comment by Neita — June 5, 2012 @ 2:55 am

    • When the water level goes down to more normal levels I plan to stay a night there so I can fish right up until dark and then again at daylight. The pine needles are about 6 inches deep right at the spot where the first photo was taken.


      Comment by montucky — June 5, 2012 @ 8:40 pm

  19. Beautiful and rugged. I could spend a lot of time there.


    Comment by Anna Surface — June 5, 2012 @ 1:46 pm

    • that describes so much of western Montana, Anna. It’s hared to stay indoors.


      Comment by montucky — June 5, 2012 @ 8:41 pm

  20. The first photo convinced me that I have to get back to Montana!


    Comment by Wild_Bill — June 5, 2012 @ 4:03 pm

  21. Serene and peaceful beauty, that’s what these pictures speak to me. You are blessed to live there, Montucky!


    Comment by Mama's Empty Nest — June 5, 2012 @ 6:54 pm

    • I know I am! There are many places like this one, that are really hard to leave.


      Comment by montucky — June 5, 2012 @ 8:44 pm

  22. very few visitors? I can’t blame ya for wanting to keep ‘that’ all to yourself! awesome shots! =)


    Comment by Tricia — June 6, 2012 @ 8:17 am

    • I doubt that it will ever get much traffic because you have to work a bit to get there and few people know how to do it.


      Comment by montucky — June 6, 2012 @ 10:09 pm

  23. Spectacular scenery! I hope you continue to enjoy this place in blissful solitude!


    Comment by Jo Woolf — June 6, 2012 @ 8:26 am

    • I hope that it doesn’t get spoiled somehow. It’s too pretty and I know the fishing is very good there. There aren’t all that many places like this left on this river.


      Comment by montucky — June 6, 2012 @ 10:11 pm

  24. Both of Your impressed me very much. I think that I could sit on a stone and look at for a long time the scenery of last photo. Mountains inspire me very much and this landscape is gorgeous.


    Comment by Sartenada — June 9, 2012 @ 12:17 am

    • I see the mountain in the second photo every day and never get tired of seeing it. Each summer I hike to the higher mountains above it several times. It is a beautiful place. I know you would enjoy owr mountains here.


      Comment by montucky — June 9, 2012 @ 7:55 pm

  25. gorgeous!!


    Comment by skouba — June 9, 2012 @ 8:09 pm

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