Blackfoot River

Missoula, Montana 59812

Blackfoot River

Blackfoot River Professional Review and Guide

"The Blackfoot is a glacial stream, lined with large rocks, that occasionally gets squeezed into short canyons. The result is a dashingly beautiful stream that provides outstanding whitewater excitement, incredible scenery, and dependable fishing. It’s Missoula’s favorite recreational river, and there’s no better place on a hot summer day.

Few float between Lincoln and River Junction. In summer, go early in the morning before the river warms enough to attract inner-tubers and swimmers. Great diving rock and swimming hole at Rainbow Bend Road."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
132 miles
Easy to Difficult
Skill Level
Class I-III
Numerous logjams, sharp turns, and narrow channels in the upper river. Rapids in the middle section. The diversion dam at Bonner has been removed, and the Milltown dam, at the confluence of the Blackfoot and Clark Fork Rivers, was removed in 2007.
Swimming, Fishing, Camping
Additional Use
Grizzly Hackle, Missoula; Missoulian Angler, Missoula; FWP, Missoula.
Local Contacts
USFS: Lolo, Flathead; USGS: Butte, MT; Choteau, MT; Montana Afloat: #2 (The Blackfoot River).
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Jul 2018