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Difficulty I-III
Length 2 Miles
Gauge ~ Prospect Creek at Thompson Falls MT
Flow Range 350 - 800 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 35 minutes ago 46.7 [CFS] ℹ️
Reach Info Last Updated 05/29/2012 10:02 pm

River Description


Fish Creek offers three whitewater runs of varying difficulty.

From Clearwater Junction (confluence of the North and West Forks) to Forks (Confluence with the South Fork) Fish Creek is Class II/III at reasonable flows.  Expect 7 miles of nice scenery in a remote feeling valley with splashy waves and small holes.  Like on all small Montana rivers and streams, navigating this reach requires the proper skills and equipment to avoid strainers. 

From Forks to the junction of Upper and Lower Fish Creek roads expect an 8 mile Class II+ float at reasonable flows with the high likelihood of the occasional log or log-jam related portage.  This reach is closer to the road than the upstream reach and shorter runs are an option. 

From the junction of Upper and Lower Fish Creek roads to the Clark Fork, Fish Creek drops into a short whitewater canyon, that reportedly approaches Class IV at certain flows. 

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Gauge Description


Use the Prospect Creek Gage as a general metric for what small Clark Fork tributaries are up to.  Like on Prospect, 300 is a low flow, 450 is a nice medium flow, and the creeks are runnable much higher if you have the skills. 

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