Clark Fork

The Clark Fork River flows right through the heart of downtown Missoula and is our home river. Since the addition of Brennan’s Wave in 2006, the Clark Fork has gained national attention for the abundance of recreational experiences it offers Missoula area river lovers. It’s common to see outdoor enthusiasts rafting, surfing, kayaking, and fishing all year long on the Clark Fork River.

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The Clark Fork River originates at the confluence of Silver Bow and Warm Springs Creeks near Butte, Montana and winds 340 miles through western Montana to northeastern Idaho. In the course of their historic journey to the Pacific Ocean, Lewis and Clark explored much of the Clark Fork Basin. In fact, the Clark Fork was ultimately named for William Clark himself. It is the largest river in Montana by volume.

Removal of the Milltown Dam in 2008 initiated an extraordinary clean up of the Clark Fork River, which suffered the effects of decades of mining in upstream communities. Today, the result is a clean and lively river enjoyed by Montanans and visitors from all over the world.

The upper and lower stretches of the Clark Fork provide superb opportunities for scenic raft trips, kayak tours, and stand-up paddle boarding. Just 35 miles west of Missoula, is the legendary Alberton Gorge, which offers some of the best whitewater rafting, kayaking, and surfing in the state of Montana.

Get on board and prepare for an adventure!

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