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Montana whitewater, Clark Fork

Missoula Mineral county, Alberton Put In to Fish Creek section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS III-IV     7 miles
  The nature scenery of Montana and the playfulness of the water make the trip here worthwhile. If you're coming from Missoula it's not a long drive at all to the put-in location, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. The average whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be a bit easier to master in this state than those in other states, so if you're not from around here don't forget that a large
    number of rivers in this state are quite easy. Getting some good exercise and spending some quality time in nature will make you glad you came. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking there are lots of good spots for
that around here. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination. This is a pretty decent length section, it's good length for a morning trip. The Alberton Put In to Fish Creek section of Clark Fork is 7 miles long and has been rated as a class III-IV section by American Whitewater. There are a few other stretches in this river system that can be paddled as well.  
And of course, there are campgrounds nearby. When you're paddling down a Bitterroot Range river like this one you always get great scenery along the way too.

Briefly about the general area:
You'll meet a lot of people from Alberton here, and going for a hike on the Tepee Ridge Trail is always a great adventure. All year is a great time in the Bitterroot Range if you fancy the outdoors. A good place in the neighborhood of Clark Fork is Sawmill Gulch, and close by you hit upon the Josephine Creek Trail which is a great hiking trail. This river is so good. Summer at Clark Fork arrives with high temperatures in the 80's.

Clark Fork, Alberton Put In to Fish Creek road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.

   

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OUTDOORS
These outdoors activities are available near Clark Fork.
 Whitewater Near Clark Fork:
Clark Fork, Missoula / Mineral County, 9 miles away
      Class III-IV - 7 miles long (Alberton Put In to Fish Creek)
Clark Fork, Mineral County, 9 miles away
      Class I-IV - 9 miles long (Fish Creek to Forest Grove)
Whitewater Outfitter - Pangaea River Rafting, L.L.C., Mineral County, 11 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Crooked Fork, Clearwater/ Idaho County, 17 miles away
      Class III-V - 2 miles long (Hopeful Creek to Brushy Fork)
Brushy Fork, Idaho County, 20 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 13 miles long (Off Elk Meadows Road to Crooked Creek)
Trout Creek, Superior County, 23 miles away
      Class V - 2 miles long (Canyon Section)
Lochsa River, Idaho County, 25 miles away
      Class III - 20 miles long (Papoose Creek to Indian Grave Creek)
White Sand Creek, Idaho County, 26 miles away
      Class III-IV - 12 miles long (Colt Creek Cabin to White Sand Campground)
Mill Creek, Missoula County, 28 miles away
      Class V - 2 miles long (along Mill Creek Road into Frenchtown)
Whitewater Outfitter - Western Waters & Woods, Mineral County, 28 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
 Ski Areas Near Clark Fork:
Montana Snowbowl, Montana , 40 miles away, 2600 foot drop, 4 lifts, 37 runs
Marshall Mountain, Montana , 46 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 3 lifts, 23 runs
Blacktail Mountain, Montana , 50 miles away, 1440 foot drop, 4 lifts, 24 runs
Whitefish, Montana , 72 miles away, 2353 foot drop, 11 lifts, 83 runs
Lost Trail Powder Mountain, Montana , 75 miles away, 1800 foot drop, 8 lifts, 45 runs
Lookout Pass, Idaho , 81 miles away, 1150 foot drop, 4 lifts, 34 runs
Discovery Ski, Montana , 99 miles away, 1670 foot drop, 6 lifts, 48 runs
 Hotels Near Clark Fork:
Days Inn Missoula Airport, Missoula , 31 miles away
StoneCreek Lodge, Missoula , 35 miles away
Wingate By Wyndham Missoula Airport, Missoula , 35 miles away
Days Inn & Suites Lolo, Lolo , 36 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites MISSOULA NORTHWEST, Missoula , 37 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Clark Fork:
River Edge Campground Casino, Alberton, 6 miles away
Big Pine Campground, Mineral County, 6 miles away
Petty Creek Fishing Access Site, Alberton, 9 miles away
 Trails Near Clark Fork:
Josephine Creek Trail, Missoula , 10 miles away
Tepee Ridge Trail, Missoula , 10 miles away
McCormick Creek Trail, Missoula , 13 miles away
State Line Trail, Clearwater , 14 miles away
Kennedy Creek Trail, Missoula , 15 miles away
 Public Lands Near Clark Fork:
Frenchtown Pond State Park, Montana , 21 miles away

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