Clark Fork River

Missoula, Montana 59812

Clark Fork River

Clark Fork River Professional Review and Guide

"The Clark Fork starts out small, but exits the state as Montana's largest river. It meanders through pastures and woodlands with I-90 paralleling much of its route.

The river is mostly Class I water except for a difficult whitewater section through the Alberton Gorge that has Class III and IV rapids. Other than the gorge, practiced beginners can handle much of the Clark Fork. Excellent waterfowl hunting between old Harper Bridge and Huson. Good fall fishing below Forest Grove."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
333 miles
Easy to Difficult
Skill Level
Class I-IV
Continuous meanders, swift currents, logjams, and snags above Milltown. Numerous dams and diversions below Milltown. Large standing waves in the lower river.
Hunting, Fishing, Camping, Birding
Additional Use
FWP, Missoula; Grizzly Hackle, Missoula; Missoulian Angler, Missoula; Lewis & Clark Trail Adventures, Missoula; 10,000 Waves-Raft & Kayak Adventures, Missoula; Montana River Guides, Missoula.
Local Contacts
USFS: Deerlodge, Lolo, Kootenai; USGS: Butte, MT; Hamilton, MT; Wallace, ID; Kalispell, MT; River Rat Maps: Clark Fork; Montana Afloat: #4 (The Clark Fork River).
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Jul 2018