Clark Fork River

Saint Regis, Montana 59866

Clark Fork River

Clark Fork River Professional Review and Guide

"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."

Clark Fork River Reviews

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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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Trail Information

Saint Regis
Nearby City
6 to 8 hours or overnight
Class I-III
Best: Virtually year-round
Quinns Hot Springs Resort near Paradise
Local Contacts
USGS St. Regis, Keystone Peak, Quinns Hot Springs
Local Maps

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Jul 2018