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.
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Former Mill Town Dam Site
Former Milltown Dam Site
Clark Fork Dam Site
Floating the Clark Fork
Clark Fork put-in
Milltown Dam - On the Way Out
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Wild rivers and their enthusiasts got some good news with the release of the new 15-20 year Forest plan for the Flathead National Forest. The decision newly protects 22 streams as eligible for Wild and Scenic designation, based in large part on the advocacy of American Whitewater and our awesome partners and members in Montana. These protections will serve as a vital steppingstone to the designation of some of our Nation’s most outstanding headwater streams.
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.
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.
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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