Prospect Creek - Clear Creek to Clark Fork

Prospect Creek, Montana, US


Clear Creek to Clark Fork

Usual Difficulty III-V (for normal flows)
Length 2.8 Miles

Bluewater Fun

Bluewater Fun
Photo of Chris Ennis by Kevin Colburn taken 04/07/07 @ 420

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
Prospect Creek at Thompson Falls MT
usgs-12390700 300 - 700 cfs III-V 00h47m 46.7 cfs (too low)

River Description

Prospect Creek is an excellent bluewater creek run with a distinct upper gorge and lower gorge and a couple surprizes in the middle. A Montana rarity, Prospect has easy road access and a USGS gage on it.  Bike shuttle is an option.  The rapids in the upper gorge are powerful and stacked but well defined by large boulders, and are Class V at higher water.  The lower gorge (just upstream of the Clark Fork) is a great bedrock flume rapid. 

Keep your eyes peeled for wood on this run - and also for a bull trout monitoring sensor that is strung across the river on a piece of climbing rope.  This wire sensor also runs along the river bottom.  Use caution.  

StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2014-03-26 18:34:47

Rapid Descriptions

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User Comments

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April 26 2017 (631 days ago)
mounseym (159041)
ran this over the weekend and did not see any fish sensor or antenna. the flow was around 660 to
680 so i could have been underwater and was noticed. had a great run no real wood hazards! have fun
and be safe
March 26 2014 (1758 days ago)
Kevin ColburnDetails
Avista is actively monitoring tagged bull trout movements on Prospect Creek using a wire
sensor/antenna that is suspended just over the water on a climbing rope and also loops down along
the bottom of the river. The hazard is in the whitewater section. Paddlers have safely paddled
under the rope and wire, but caution should be exercised and portage considered.
July 27 2007 (4192 days ago)
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new online whitewater guide for montana area paddling - check it out!