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Difficulty II
Length 3.5 Miles
Gauge Clark Fork below Missoula MT
Flow Range 500 - 40000 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 35 minutes ago 14200 [CFS]
Reach Info Last Updated 06/22/2007 12:47 am

River Description

The section from Milltown Dam through downtown Missoula is a nice class II float but many come just to enjoy Brennan's Wave at Caras Park. This wave was a replacement for an old diversion weir that was a safety hazard. The site now provides a great recreational amenity for the community. To reach the wave take Missoula's Orange Street Exit off I-90. Head south a few blocks and take a left on Front Street before you cross the river. Take this a block and turn right onto Ryman and the entrance to Caras Park. The wave is located in the park on the downstream river right side of the Higgins Ave. Bridge.

Rapid Descriptions


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13 years ago

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Date Flow Result Factor  
2018-06-09 High Fatality One Boat Trip Read More
1996-07-06 High Fatality One Boat Trip Read More



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Water Restored to Clark Fork River Channel

Kevin Colburn

Last week water was allowed to flow through a newly restored Clark Fork River channel flowing through the old Milltown Dam reservoir site, near Missoula, Montana.  We are happy to share some photos of this major river restoration milestone. 

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Milltown Dam Breached!

Kevin Colburn

On Friday, March 28th, hundreds of people gathered to watch the breaching of Milltown Dam just upstream of Missoula, MT. AW staff and friends were there to video the breach and celebrate the rebirth of a great river.  For the first time in a century the Clark Fork and Blackfoot rivers have a riverine confluence, and flow free.  Learn more about this historic event and watch the video.

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Clark Fork to Flow Free This Month

Kevin Colburn

Montana's Clark Fork and Blackfoot rivers are scheduled to flow free later this month for the first time since 1908, when Milltown Dam was first built.  The removal of Milltown Dam is a project of epic scale, that will have massive benefits to the rivers and those who enjoy them.  The week of March 24th, the coffer dam upstream of the old powerhouse site will be breached and the Clark Fork River will once again be a freeflowing river.

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Appeal Challenging Montana Navigability Is Denied

Jason Robertson

On May 28 the U.S. Supreme Court denied an appeal by Mountain States Legal Foundation who filed a lawsuit in June 2001 alleging the 1985 Montana Stream Access Law violated their rights under the U.S. Constitution to regulate who floated over their land.

The decision thereby protects Montana's Stream access law and public rights of navigation throughout the State.

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River Recreationists Win Big in Montana!

Jason Robertson

The Missoulian newspaper reported on January 5th, 2001 that U.S. District Judge Charles C. Lovell dismissed a case brought by the Mountain States Legal Foundation challenging public recreational rights on Montana’s rivers and streams. This is a huge win for boaters and fishermen!

Matt Muir


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