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.
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.
Permits are not required for this reach.
We have no additional detail on this route.
Use the map below to calculate how
to arrive to the main town from your zipcode.
Nathan Johnson on the West Fork of Fish Creek
Fish Creek above Forks
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