Trail Head Events

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Upcoming Events
  • Jun30

    The Big Paddle

    Saturday, June 30th, 2018, 10-4

    The Big Paddle

    Paddle enthusiasts of all ages, join us for this year's Big Paddle event at Frenchtown Pond State Park on June 30th from 10am to 4pm. This event is FREE and great for all ages.

    Whether you're an expert or novice, we've got something for you. Talk to river experts and pick up the skills you need to master Montana's rivers, or simply get out on flat water for the first time! Learn all about each of the paddle sports from the experts, try out demo equipment from The Trail Headand Bob Ward's Sports & Outdoors, attend educational classes with REI and Zoo Town Surfers, check out the Kids Booth, visit with AIS experts, learn about boat safety AND MORE!

    Save the date and stay tuned for more details! RSVP on Eventbrite.

    Please contact Jillian at 406-542-5500 or jillianleblow@mt.gov for more information.

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  • Jul06

    10th Annual Blackfoot River Challenge Downriver Race

    Friday, July 6th, 2018, 10:30 AM

    Cost: TBD

    Important info for this years event: Downriver Race- July 7 10:30AM Johnsrud Park to Weigh Station access, 11 mile class I+-II-. Most of the course is just moving water, however there are a few minor rapids to negotiate. The rapids are not technical, just a few waves and rocks to dodge, if you want to keep your boat dry. This is a really great stretch of river for a downriver race as it is suitable for any type of paddle powered craft, canoe-kayak-sup, and beginner to advanced paddlers will enjoy the course. The fastest boats may complete the race in around an hour with the slower boats often times around an hour and twenty minutes, this of course depends on water flow, maybe a little longer if you are a more relaxed 'racer'. Registration will be held prior to the start of the event, usually around 9:30am, until about 10:30am which is when the racer meeting is held with the race starting at 11am, hopefully. The race starts in 3 heats, with the Recreational class(es) going first, the standard class second, and the Race class starting last. This usually works out so that most of the boats get to the finish line around a similar time, making the finish exciting to watch. Your boat class is determined by your boat type/length (we will help with this at the race site).

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  • Jul07

    10th Annual Blackfoot River Challenge Sprint Race

    Saturday, July 7th, 2018, 4:00 PM

    Cost: TBD

    Roundup Rapid mile mark 26.7 Hwy 200 (Slalom course site). Class II-II+ Rapid. This race is always different every year. Some years its boater cross style other years it has been head to head or one at a time or even giant slalom style, maybe even an upstream race ;)(which we have done in the past and it was awesome). I always leave it open to the racers to vote on and help decide what they would enjoy more. Generally it is a race from the top of the slalom course to the bottom, fastest time or boater wins, usually done in multiple heats. This is open to canoes, kayaks and sup, each as a different class or we could do it all together, again this event is ever changing. Registration for this event can be done in the morning at the downriver start or at Roundup before the event, usually starting at 3pm or so( I have to cleanup after downriver and get to Roundup).

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  • Jul08

    10th Annual Blackfoot River Challenge Slalom Race

    Sunday, July 8th, 2018, 10:00 AM

    Cost: TBD

    Roundup Rapid mile mark 26.7 Hwy 200. Class II-II+ Rapid 15-20 gate course. Negotiate upstream and downstream gates from start of the course to the finish line. Making your way through gates that are either going downstream or in an eddy going back upstream. Touching a gate adds 5 seconds to your time and missing a gate adds 50 seconds to your time. Classes are separated by canoe (solo, tandem, decked(c1)), kayak (play boat, creek boat, race) and SUP (stand up paddleboard), and sometimes a swimmer class ;). 2 runs per class, best time is kept, fastest time wins. Usually this race takes all day, or a large part of the day. You may race in more than one class (solo canoe, creek boat etc...). We always need folks to judge gates so if you have friends or family, or maybe when you are not racing you might watch a gate station. Because this race is time consuming we will have the racers meeting at 10 and start races at 10:30. After the races are all complete you get your scores and we find out the winners.

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