From it's headwaters in Kianuko Provincial Park, the Goat River rises in the central Purcell Mountains and flows largely south until meeting Kitchener Creek. From this confluence, it bends southwest towards the Creston Valley where it eventually meets the larger Kootenay River.
In Summer, the Goat River is a popular local's spot for swimming, kayaking, and "floating the goat". The river is also popular for fly fishing for Rainbow & Cutthroat Trout, particularly east of Creston towards Kitchener.
Though no official parks along the river exist at present, the Goat River Wilderness Riverside Park just south of Creston on Highway 21 will allow visitors to reach the river at a location that is ideal for swimming in the later summer.
*** Please note that during Spring & early summer Goat River is prone to seasonal flooding that makes recreation on the river hazardous at this time. Use caution and common sense when visiting the Goat River.