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Blackfoot River & Blackfoot River Recreation Corridor

Located in the west-central part of the state and famously known as the centerpiece of Norman Maclean’s novel “A River Runs Through It,” The Blackfoot River is one of Montana’s most popular rivers for recreation. The river’s outstanding natural resources, incredible scenery, and multitude of recreational opportunities all contribute to its popularity. Fishing, whitewater boating, recreational floating, innertubing, camping, swimming, or just simply relaxing are some of the activities that can be enjoyed on the Blackfoot.

The Blackfoot River Recreation Corridor, which stretches 26 miles from Russell Gates FAS to Johnsrud Park FAS, was established through a cooperative agreement between private landowners and public agencies. This agreement provides for public access within the Corridor, on private land up to 50 feet above the high water mark, unless otherwise posted. The agreement also establishes specific regulations applicable to the Blackfoot River Recreation Corridor that govern recreational use.

Whether planning a float, looking for a float-in campsite, brushing up on river ethics and etiquette, or checking for updates in Blackfoot River recreation management you’ll find the information here. Consult the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page to get an overview of the Blackfoot and remember to check for Advisories, Restrictions, and Closures. If you don’t find all the answers you’re looking for, you can contact the Fish, Wildlife & Parks Office in Missoula at (406) 542-5500.

Reminders for the 2015 Season

  • The Blackfoot River below Weigh Station FAS continues to be closed from May 1- June 30 to floating while float hazards remain from the removal of Milltown Dam.  The river is open to wading and bank angling.
  • Food storage requirements are in now effect at posted Fishing Access Site campgrounds.  Please remember to store food and attractants responsibly.
  • The float-in campsite program is now in its fourth year and campsite permits are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Contact 406-542-5564
  • Self-registration kiosks are in place at all FWP managed put-in and take-outs on the Blackfoot River.  Please remember to complete self-registration cards each and every time you float.

Blackfoot River Float-in Campsites

The float-in campsite program on the Blackfoot River provides opportunities for floaters to enjoy overnight trips aloing the river. River Junction, Ninemile Prairie and Corrick’s River Bend fishing access sites all have float-in campsites. Each of the individual float-in campsites are available by special permit only, which must be obtained a minimum of 48 Hours in advance by contacting the Region 2 FWP office at (406) 542-5564. Permits are issued on a first-come, first serve basis and guarantee the availability of the site to the permit holder.

Blackfoot River Float-In Camping Packet

Float-in camping manual containing information about the program, maps of the sites, and the required permit paperwork.

Contacts

 
  • FAS Program Manager / River Recreation Manager

  • Christine Oschell, Ph.D.
  • 3201 Spurgin Road
  • Missoula, MT 59804
  • Phone: (406) 542-5562
  • Email
  • Blackfoot River Ranger

  • Ben Schmidt
  • 3201 Spurgin Road
  • Missoula, MT 59804
  • Phone: (406) 542-5564
  • Email