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Montana whitewater, Clark Fork

Mineral county, Fish Creek to Forest Grove section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS I-IV     9 miles
  This section of Clark Fork in Montana is 9 miles long and is a class I-IV section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. The wonderful Mineral County scenery and the water flowing gracefully down Clark Fork beats anything. If you've been whitewater rafting and kayaking outside this state you might find the rivers here a bit more forgiving, so keep in mind that lots of rivers in this state are good for beginners. Great exercise and
    just being out on the river for a while will have you coming back for more. The starting location is a reasonable drive from Missoula, as you can see on the road map further down. There arenít any hotels right nearby but
if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. This is one of a small number of paddling stretches in this river system, there are a few others too. The beauty of the Bitterroot Range is a great plus for this river. The campgrounds here at Clark Fork are pretty good. No matter if you're whitewater rafting or kayaking this is an area with plenty of rivers  
for that. This section is long enough to enjoy a good non stop paddle, you can easily run it on an afternoon.

Briefly about the general area:
Mullan Gulch is a pleasant site to stop at close to Clark Fork. Through the warm days of summer at Clark Fork highs are generally in the 80's while overnight lows are frequently in the 40's. The cold days of the wintertime come with highs in the 30's, and night lows at Clark Fork through the wintertime generally plunge into the 10's. Clark Fork is a location that is quite arid usually. Throughout the month of June you get the most rain around here, and July meanwhile is the driest month.

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


Detailed Map

Stats for this river stretch

Local weather forecast

These outdoors activities are available near Clark Fork.
 Whitewater Near Clark Fork:
Whitewater Outfitter - Pangaea River Rafting, L.L.C., Mineral County, 1 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Clark Fork, Mineral County, 3 miles away
      Class I-IV - 9 miles long (Fish Creek to Forest Grove)
Trout Creek, Superior County, 12 miles away
      Class V - 2 miles long (Canyon Section)
Whitewater Outfitter - Western Waters & Woods, Mineral County, 17 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Crooked Fork, Clearwater/ Idaho County, 18 miles away
      Class III-V - 2 miles long (Hopeful Creek to Brushy Fork)
Clark Fork, Missoula / Mineral County, 20 miles away
      Class III-IV - 7 miles long (Alberton Put In to Fish Creek)
Whitewater Outfitter - Paradise Raft Rental, Sanders County, 22 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Lochsa River, Idaho County, 25 miles away
      Class III - 20 miles long (Papoose Creek to Indian Grave Creek)
Clearwater River - North Fork, Clearwater County, 27 miles away
      Class III-V - 28.4 miles long (Headwaters to Kelly Creek)
Brushy Fork, Idaho County, 28 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 13 miles long (Off Elk Meadows Road to Crooked Creek)
 Ski Areas Near Clark Fork:
Montana Snowbowl, Montana , 51 miles away, 2600 foot drop, 4 lifts, 37 runs
Blacktail Mountain, Montana , 52 miles away, 1440 foot drop, 4 lifts, 24 runs
Marshall Mountain, Montana , 58 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 3 lifts, 23 runs
Lookout Pass, Idaho , 69 miles away, 1150 foot drop, 4 lifts, 34 runs
Whitefish, Montana , 73 miles away, 2353 foot drop, 11 lifts, 83 runs
Lost Trail Powder Mountain, Montana , 84 miles away, 1800 foot drop, 8 lifts, 45 runs
Turner Mountain, Montana , 96 miles away, 2110 foot drop, 1 lifts, 20 runs
Silver Mountain, Idaho , 99 miles away, 2200 foot drop, 7 lifts, 73 runs
 Hotels Near Clark Fork:
The Lodge At Lolo Hot Springs, Lolo , 20 miles away
Super 8 St. Regis, Saint Regis , 28 miles away
Days Inn Missoula Airport, Missoula , 42 miles away
StoneCreek Lodge, Missoula , 46 miles away
Wingate By Wyndham Missoula Airport, Missoula , 46 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Clark Fork:
Forest Grove Fishing Access Site, Superior, 2 miles away
Quartz Flat Campground, Mineral County, 3 miles away
Big Pine Campground, Mineral County, 6 miles away
 Trails Near Clark Fork:
Trout Creek Stock Driveway, Mineral , 16 miles away
State Line Trail, Clearwater , 16 miles away
Josephine Creek Trail, Missoula , 17 miles away
Tepee Ridge Trail, Missoula , 19 miles away
Granite Ridge Trail, Missoula , 19 miles away
 Public Lands Near Clark Fork:
Frenchtown Pond State Park, Montana , 32 miles away
Thompson Falls State Forest, Montana , 37 miles away
Clearwater National Forest, Idaho , 38 miles away

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