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Lower Flathead River and Ashley Creek

by Erik

Trip Overview

It's been a few years since I lived around here, but this was always my local go-to. Ashley Creek is great for canoes and kayaks. It is small, slow moving, and virtually no houses. You used to be able to put in directly at the Lower Valley Road bridge over Ashley Creek, but development put a fence up. Now, you need to go to the river access, paddle downstream a bit, and enter the mouth of Ashley Creek. Many times the paddle upstream would take 3 or 4 hours and the float back would be 1 hour! Bald Eagles and Ospreys were seen. Even a domestic heard of elk had access to the water and you can float right past! Eventually you get to Hwy 93 and there is a culvert that you can slip through to the other side. I've heard that FWP once did a fish survey here and found 40 something species! Like i said, it's been a few years so maybe it's not all the same. I hope it is.
  • Duration: Day Trip
  • Sport/Activity: Kayaking, Canoeing, Fishing, Photography
  • Skill Level: Beginner
  • Water Type: River/Creek (Up to Class II)
  • Number of Portages: 0
Narrow creek at times with some bushwacking in a couple short segments.

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