Clearwater River

Greenough, Montana 59823

Clearwater River

Clearwater River Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"This aptly named river flows through pine forests and mountain meadows with the famous Bob Marshall Wilderness to the east and the towering Mission Mountains to the west.

Its mostly a Class I river suitable for practiced beginners. Watch migrating songbirds along the Clearwater Canoe Trail in the spring. This is a great trip for beginners. Even kids can handle the placid flows here. There’s also good floating and easy access between Seeley and Salmon Lakes. Fishing can be good in this section."

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The lakes are ice free now. Water is high enough to cross thru the rock garden below Salmon Lake.

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Trail Information

Nearby City
42 miles
Skill Level
Class I
Logjams and beaver dams, the short whitewater stretch below Salmon Lake, three diversion dams. Lake Alva to Seeley has numerous logjams and portages and is not recommended for floating.
Fishing, Camping, Birding
Additional Use
Lolo National Forest, Seeley Lake; FWP, Missoula.
Local Contacts
USFS: Flathead; USGS: Choteau, MT; Butte, MT.
Local Maps

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Dec 2018