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 2018 Season

  • 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 by contacting the FWP office at (406) 542-5500.

Blackfoot River Float-in Campsites

The float-in campsite program on the Blackfoot River provides opportunities for floaters to enjoy overnight trips along the river. There are sites at River Junction, Clearwater, Corrick’s River Bend, and Nine Mile Prairie. Each of the individual float-in campsites are available by special permit only, which must be obtained in advance by contacting the Region 2 FWP office at (406) 542-5500. The application can be found below.

Blackfoot River Float-In Camping

To obtain a permit please contact the Region 2 HQ at 542-5500. Once a site is reserved, please download the Permit Application and mail in a completed application along with the correct payment. The permit will then be signed by an FWP official and mailed to you once it is processed.


  • FAS Program Manager / River Recreation Manager

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