Scenic Floating on the Dearborn River

Experience the pristine and remote Dearborn River with Montana Watershed this year. Book a scenic float trip through a canyon rich with volcanic geology.

What to expect on a Dearborn River float

The Dearborn River is a freestone river that is fed by Rocky Mountain snowmelt in the Spring and early Summer. Because of this, water levels can fluctuate greatly depending on various factors; snowpack from the winter, the time of the year and current weather conditions. This makes a Dearborn River float a rare and exciting adventure that can create lifelong memories. Due to unpredictable river conditions, floaters should be prepared for exposure to sun, rain, and temperatures that may change throughout the day.

Safety is a top consideration on the Dearborn River. Every Montana Watershed trip has at least one certified Swiftwater Rescue technician with specific safety equipment for the river being floated.
Higher flows on the lower Dearborn River

The scenic section we float is approximately 18 miles of rugged, volcanic landscape with limited access and far less float pressure than the nearby Missouri River. These trips offer outstanding opportunities for landscape photography and a wilderness river trip that can be completed in long day or as an overnight glamping getaway.  Our camping trips include travel to and from the river, riverside meals, and top-quality canvas tents for two with comfortable cots and warm sleeping bags.  Contact us if you are interested in a camping trip on the Dearborn River so we can discuss available dates.

Photos from Dearborn River trips

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Day Trip

$250 / person
  • • Full day on the river
  • • Riverside lunch and drinks included
  • • Transportation to and from river
  • • Approximately 9 hours of floating
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$350 / person
  • • Two full days on the river
  • • Lunches, dinner and breakfast included
  • • Private canvas tents for two
  • • Cots with sleeping bag and liner
  • • Transportation to and from river
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