Blackfoot River

The big Blackfoot River flows southwest from the Continental Divide and into the Clark Fork River, just five miles east of Missoula. The Blackfoot River offers over 70 miles of crystal clear water, emerald pools, mossy cliffs, a ponderosa pine forest, and amazing vistas.

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In early spring, the Blackfoot is a fun Class III river, with splashy whitewater. Mid to late summer, the Blackfoot is ideal for clients who are leaning more towards a scenic float trip, with a few small rapids in between the calm sections.

There is quite a bit of history surrounding the Blackfoot River. It was made famous by Norman Maclean’s book, A River Runs Through It, and an acclaimed movie followed.

The Blackfoot River area was on the route between the Great Plains and the Continental Divide. The Native Americans referred to this route as the “river of the road to the buffalo.” Capt. Meriweather Lewis and nine soldiers followed this trail on their return trip of discovery in 1806 after learning of the route from the Nez Perce of Idaho.

In 2008, the Milltown Dam was removed at the confluence of the Clark Fork and Blackfoot Rivers. After 100 years of being dammed the Clark Fork and Blackfoot Rivers were free-flowing again allowing people to float two rivers in one day.

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