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Blackfoot River

Blackfoot River


lat: 46.9502198 long: -113.3787584

The¬†Blackfoot River, sometimes called the¬†Big Blackfoot River¬†to distinguish it from the¬†Little Blackfoot River, is a snow-fed and spring-fed river in western¬†Montana. The Blackfoot River begins in¬†Lewis and Clark County¬†at the¬†Continental Divide, 10 miles (16¬†km) northeast of the town of¬†Lincoln¬†(4536 feet, 1382 m). The river’s headwaters are between¬†Rogers Pass¬†(5610¬†ft, 1710 m) to the north and¬†Stemple Pass¬†(6376¬†ft, 1943 m) to the south. It flows westward through the town of Milltown and enters the¬†Clark Fork River¬†approximately five miles (8¬†km) east of the city of¬†Missoula¬†(3210¬†ft, 978 m).

The Blackfoot River is renowned for its recreational opportunities, most notably fly fishing, but also rafting, canoeing, and inner-tubing. The Blackfoot is a fast, cold river with many deep spots, making it prime habitat for several varieties of trout.

The river’s canyon and the valleys were formed by the¬†Missoula Floods, cataclysmic¬†glacial lake outburst floods¬†which occurred at the end of the last¬†ice age.

The Blackfoot River and the Clark Fork experienced a record flood in 1908.

The river is featured in the 1976 novella A River Runs Through It by Norman Maclean, as well as the 1992 film starring Brad Pitt, directed by Robert Redford.

The Blackfoot is a Class I river from the Cedar Meadow fishing access site west of Helmville to its confluence with the Clark Fork River for public access for recreational purposes.

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