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Gibson Reservoir

A self-supported trip created by marko.45142

Trip Overview

This was a quick adventure into the back country of Montana. It is a short 6ish mile paddle. Paddle early on the way in as the western winds are like a 2:00pm clock. We didn't do that and faced 20-30 mph sustained winds. Even so we made it back to where the N and S forks of the Sun River meet to form Gibson Reservoir. The lake is surrounded by wilderness area so remote camping is possible and pretty accessible. This is serious Grizzly territory I generally travel here with a gun and bear spray. There are no facilities at all bring what you need. We jumped off of the cliffs into the water which was shockingly cold, my guess would be upper 40s. Air temp was 100f so it was quite refreshing but any other time of year I would caution folks to be prepared for dangerous water temps.

Safety Notes

Bear Spray is a must. Cold water year round plan and dress accordingly.

Gear Notes

Normal kayak camping stuff. Plenty of fire wood to gather though August burn restrictions are pretty common.


Westerly winds every afternoon, very challenging to paddle in to.

Portage Notes

No Portage

Trip Details

  • Trip Dates: 7/8/2017-7/9/2017
  • Trip Duration: 2-3 Day Trip
  • Sport/Activity: Kayaking, Kayak Fishing
  • Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate
  • Water Type: Flat/Sheltered Water, Open Water/Ocean

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