The Missoula area offers several big rivers, great for rafting and fishing vacations in Montana. You’ll find plenty of top Montana guides in this area to help you get the best out of your trip, as well as excellent hotels and lodging to make your stay comfortable.
Flowing north from the Hamilton area, the Bitterroot River runs 84 miles, then joins into the Clark Fork River just west of Missoula. This river can be ridden starting at the confluence of its east and west forks up to the Clark Fork. This road offers great access along Hwy. 93 for fly fishers and rafters.
This pristine river starts off in Lewis and Clark County at the Continental Divide, about 10 miles northeast of Lincoln, Montana. This river offers excellent rafting, canoeing and inner-tubing, and is a local favorite. It is a fast-moving river that runs cold and can be quite deep. Access this river along Highway 200 east out of Bonner/Milltown area east of Missoula.
Clark Fork River
This river is well-known for the Alberton Gorge just west of Missoula, a favorite among serious rafters. The Clark Fork river runs west all the way to Lake Pend O’reille in Idaho. The river travels about 360 miles. Access this river along I-90 traveling east or west.
This mellow 46 mile stretch of river near along Highway 83 is great for easier, relaxing runs. It starts off at Salmon Lake and ends near Harpers Lake.
You’ll find Rock Creek is in the Lolo National Forest near Clinton, Montana. The river runs through a narrow canyon with many obstacles, including logs and huge boulders.. It is best known for great fly-fishing, and there are several access points along the 30 mile dirt road that runs along the creek.
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