Clark Fork River

Saint Regis, Montana

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Although SR 135 parallels the river for most of this route, the Clark Fork River offers a surprisingly backwoods experience. This stretch of the river skirts through the Lolo National Forest and a puzzle of private landholdings scattered along the shoreline. The trip ends near a commercial hot springs resort. The Clark Fork can become seriously swollen with snowmelt gathered in the 333 miles from its origin near Anaconda, Montana, to where it empties into Idaho’s Lake Pend Oreille. Generally, with the notable exception of the gorge near Alberton, Montana, it offers easy paddling with numerous splashy waves and a few challenges. Most of the river traffic consists of rafts and drift boats with anglers casting for trout. The fishing is best in March and April before the normal runoff, and then again from late June through October. Two campgrounds and several camping areas are available.
Paddling Washington: Routes in Washington State & the Inland Northwest

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Paddling Washington: Routes in Washington State & the Inland Northwest

by Verne Huser, Rich Landers, Dan Hansen, and Doug North (The Mountaineers Books)

Although SR 135 parallels the river for most of this route, the Clark Fork River offers a surprisingly backwoods experience. This stretch of the river skirts through the Lolo National Forest and a puzzle of private landholdings scattered along the shoreline. The trip ends near a commercial hot springs resort.

The Clark Fork can become seriously swollen with snowmelt gathered in the 333 miles from its origin near Anaconda, Montana, to where it empties into Idaho’s Lake Pend Oreille. Generally, with the notable exception of the gorge near Alberton, Montana, it offers easy paddling with numerous splashy waves and a few challenges. Most of the river traffic consists of rafts and drift boats with anglers casting for trout. The fishing is best in March and April before the normal runoff, and then again from late June through October. Two campgrounds and several camping areas are available.

©  Verne Huser, Rich Landers, Dan Hansen, and Doug North/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Saint Regis
Distance: 23
Duration: 6 to 8 hours or overnight
Class: Class I-III
Season: Best: Virtually year-round
Local Contacts: Quinns Hot Springs Resort near Paradise
Local Maps: USGS St. Regis, Keystone Peak, Quinns Hot Springs
Driving Directions: Directions to Clark Fork River

Recent Trail Reviews

7/15/2002
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Beautiful trail in old growth forest. Fast rushing river is all you'll hear aside from the birds and occasional train. Trail is somewhat tech and very fun as you climb and descend the canyon walls. Shady and dog friendly, no one else on the trail. Top 10 of many rides.



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