The Big Sandy Mountaineer -

River Ramblings North


February 19, 2020

Well, the old proverb, "You never know what the weather is going to be like in Montana!" has been right on this year. It has lived up to the saying by being low negatives one week and 60-70 degrees the next week. This kind of change has substantial effects on the river.

When it is in the low 30s, you start to see ice form on the river. It begins to flow down from the smaller tributaries like the Teton and Marias. Then after a week of 20-degree temperatures, the river has so much ice it is in sheets and is slumbering on downstream. It reflects an icy silver-gray color. When you are admiri...

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