After sheltering in place for two days I was ready to get back on the river. The weather forecast indicated that Saturday would be overcast with highs in the mid 40s but no rain or snow. On Saturday/Sunday evening rain was predicted and continuing through the day on Sunday. I could work with that; I could paddle all day Saturday and get below Ulm, MT, to camp and then make my way into Great Falls by mid afternoon on Sunday. My original plan had been to get a hotel room in Ft. Benton and do laundry before heading into the Missouri Breaks wild and scenic area. The snow delay altered things a bit with the hotel and laundry taking place on Sunday instead of the quick pass through Great Falls I had originally intended.
|Prewett Creek Inn|
It was just after 7:15 a.m. when I finally departed and it quickly became apparent that the current had picked up dramatically from a few days prior. The heavy rain, combined with heavy, wet snow made for a thrilling ride. At one point I found myself in some solid Class II rapids that I wasn’t expecting and as the boat banged up over a set of haystacks I thought “you have my total attention.”
Prewett Creek to Cascade, MT, is 13 river miles which I traversed in two hours. The current remained strong and I paddled on, stopping for lunch at around noon, and arrived at Ulm (25 miles) at 4:00 p.m. I rode the current for a couple more hours to give me an edge on today’s (Sunday) paddle.
|USGS station near|
Great Falls, MT
So…to make that canoe trip feeling come true I’m in a hotel in Great Falls doing laundry and scheming on visiting the pizza joint next door for some fresh pizza pie. Now that’s roughing it! 😆