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Lower Blackfoot River

Fog on the Blackfoot River
Blackfoot River in winter
Twelve miles of the lower Blackfoot River flow through public lands only 20 minutes east of Missoula. During the heat of the summer, it is an excellent place to cool off alongside a large portion of the Missoula population. But the crowds disappear during the other ten months of the year, and it becomes a great place for fishing, whitewater boating, and wildlife viewing.

Activities: Swimming, inner-tubing, fishing, rafting, camping, wildlife viewing, picnicking, non-motorized trail and river activities.

Facilities: Campground, boat ramp, restrooms, some sites accessible to persons with disabilities.

Location/Access: Access the Blackfoot River Recreation Corridor twelve miles east of Bonner on Highway 200. A dirt road (not suitable for RVs) follows the river for twenty miles, reconnecting with Highway 200 near Mile Marker 28, six miles east of the junction with Highway 83.

Fees: There are no day use fees for most visitors. Special Recreation Permits and use fees are required for competitive events, organized groups or commercial use. Overnight camping costs $8 per unit.

Season/Hours: Summer months are most popular for floating. Campgrounds are open year-round. There are no fees nor potable water in winter.

Maps: BLM Missoula East

Missoula Field Office
3255 Fort Missoula Road
Missoula, MT 59801
(406) 329-3914

Last updated: 02-21-2013