SCENARIO: It’s hot….really hot. All you can think of is getting in or on the water…but where do you start? Here are a few suggestions from MT FWP for those Montanans looking for a cooldown:
On a hot summer day, nothing is better than taking your friends and family down the famed Alberton Gorge. Located 35 miles west of Missoula, the Gorge is a canyon section of the Clark Fork River with Class II and Class III whitewater. Many commercial outfitters offer trips or you may launch your own raft or kayak.
For more information call (406) 542-5500 or visit Alberton Gorge.
Classic trout habitat and incredible scenery make the lower stretch of the Blackfoot River one of the most popular rivers in Montana. Fly fishing, camping, swimming, rafting or relaxing are some of the things you may enjoy along the Blackfoot Corridor. The Corridor is a partnership between landowners, the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife & Parks and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), who all work together to provide protection of the natural resources and private property and provide public safety along the 26 mile stretch of river. Learn more
Blackfoot River Map 327 KB
Flathead Lake Marine Trail
Flathead Lake is the largest freshwater lake west of the Mississippi and the Marine Trail is a network of access points, stopovers and campsites around the lake for those wishing to explore the waters and shoreline with non-motorized boats. The Marine Trail map illustrates distances between, access and campsites and available facilities. Campers are encouraged to make reservations through Reserve America (855-922-6768) to ensure a campsite will be reserved for them.
Flathead Lake Marine Map 1.0 MB
Thompson Chain of Lakes
Many recreational opportunities exist at Thompson Chain-of-Lakes Fishing Access Site. This 3000-acre area provides visitors with the chance to fish for lake trout or smallmouth bass, camp, boat, swim, and view wildlife.
The area is located 35 to 55 miles west of Kalispell, and consists of 21 lakes and 56 campsites.
For more information call (406) 752-5501.