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Recreation is important to quality of life. The Clark Fork River and surroundingBoating Recreation area is filled with year-round options, including boating, camping, swimming, bird watching, hiking, fishing, and hunting. Maintaining safe, clean recreation sites that are accessible to everyone while at the same time preserving natural resources and the rural and rustic nature of the valley is one of our goals at Avista. Use the map below to view each of the recreation sites and the features they offer. As you enjoy the many activities this area has to offer, please follow signs, respect site rules and boundaries, and use proper equipment. 

Recreation Opportunities

Clark Fork River Recreation Map

Antelope Lake (Avista Corp.)
 
Antelope Lake is a beautiful alpine lake with panoramic views of the Clark Fork Delta and Lake Pend Oreille. Access is via a steep, gravel road off Highway 200, two miles east of Clark Fork, Idaho. A 4x4 vehicle is required. The site has lake access with fishing trails, handicap accessible vault toilet, and primitive, 3-day limited campsites. Activities are camping, fishing, hiking, boating, swimming, mountain biking, wildlife, and scenic viewing. Winter access would allow snowshoeing, Nordic skiing, and snowmobiling.
 
Clark Fork Access Site (Avista Corp.)
 
This unique site is located one mile west of the Montana/Idaho border between the Cabinet Gorge Dam and Lake Pend Oreille. A day-use area, this recreation site offers a 1.5 mile hiking trail along the river and through an old growth forest. Other amenities include picnic tables, handicap accessible vault toilet, information signs, and a public launch for non-motorized crafts.  Activities offered are hiking, fishing, boating, wildlife viewing, picnicking, snowshoeing, and Nordic Skiing.  Swimming is not recommended because of the current.
 
Cabinet Gorge Dam View Point (Avista Corp.)
 
Located on Highway 200 at the Montana/Idaho border, this day use site offers handicap accessible vault toilets and parking with wheelchair access to the overlook with interpretive signs on Glacial Lake Missoula and hydropower displays. You will also find scenic views and excellent opportunities for bird watching.
 
Heron Boat Ramp (Sanders County)
 
This day-use only site is located two miles west of Heron on Golden Pond Road and offers a boat launch, dock, picnicking, swimming, fishing, wildlife viewing, and a scenic view of the Cabinet/Sawtooth Mountains.
 
Big Eddy (USFS)
 
This no-fee recreation site is located off highway 200 on the Cabinet Reservoir near the six-mile marker. It offers overnight camping, a covered picnic area, handicap accessible vault toilets, boat ramp, and dock. Activities enjoyed are camping, picnicking, fishing, swimming, boating, group use, and wildlife viewing.
 
Two Rivers RV Park (Avista Corp.)
 
Two Rivers RV Park is a fee site located at the junction of Highways 200 and 56 where the Bull River flows into the Cabinet Gorge Reservoir. The facility includes full hook-ups for recreation vehicles, an RV dumpsite, propane sales, laundry facility, handicap accessible showers, and flush   toilets. A rental cabin is available on site as well as tent camping. A recreation area offers a group fire pit, sand based volleyball, canoe rentals, ladder ball, and horseshoes. A trail leads to water access and a boat dock. Boats may be launched at the nearby USFS site on Bull River Bay.
 
Reservations are available by calling 406-847-2291, faxing 406-847-2291, or emailing tworivers@gmail.com.
 
Bull River Campground (USFS)
 
This 26-site campground sits on the confluence of the Bull River and Cabinet Gorge Reservoir just off Highway 200 mile marker 11. A fee is required for overnight camping which includes drinking water and flush toilets. A day use area has a boat launch site, dock, and handicap accessible vault toilet. Swimming is available with no lifeguard. Also available for group activities is a large covered pavilion which can be reserved by calling 877-444-6777 or visiting the website at http://www.recreation.gov.
 
Triangle Pond (USFS)
 
This pond is accessed by driving three miles west of Noxon on the river road. The recreation site includes a covered picnic area, handicap accessible vault toilets, swim beach, dock, fishing pier, and fishing trails. The site is day use only and is open year around. Non-motorized water craft only. No lifeguard.
 
Centennial Park (Community)
 
Centennial Park is a community maintained park in the town of Noxon. The site includes a covered picnic site and disabled accessible vault toilets, boat launch, and dock. The park is a popular location for community celebrations and boating access.
 
Pilgrim Creek Recreation Facility (Avista Corp.)
 
This popular recreation facility is located on Pilgrim Creek east of the town site of Noxon. The site includes two baseball fields, a soccer field, and a covered picnic area accommodating large groups. Other amenities include horse shoe pits, fishing pier, handicap accessible flush and vault toilets, drinking water, and a disc golf course. The playground includes a large pirate’s ship, spring toys, sand box, and swings. A system of wheel chair accessible trails allow for relaxing walks and wildlife viewing. The hosted, day use park is open spring through fall.

Noxon Rapids Dam View Point (Avista Corp.)
 
The beautifully landscaped view point offers a panoramic view of the Noxon Rapids Dam, even more exciting in the spring and early summer run-off season when the spill gates release water. This day use only site is reached by turning off Highway 200 near mile marker 18 and includes picnic facilities information displays and a handicap accessible vault toilet. Nesting osprey and soaring eagles are often seen.
 
South Shore Recreation Area (Avista Corp.)
 
Located on the south end of Noxon Rapids Dam, this recreation area is reached by traveling four miles east from the town of Noxon on Marten Creek Road. The facilities include nine camping sites, a handicap accessible vault toilet, boat launch, and dock. The boat ramp is closed during spring run-off. A day use area has a covered picnic area and swim dock. No lifeguard. Panoramic views of the Cabinet Mountains add to the recreation experience.

Marten Creek Recreation Area (USFS)
 
This campground is located 10 miles west of Trout Creek on USFS road No. 2229 and requires no fee. Several sites accommodate either tenting or travel trailers. Handicap accessible vault toilets, picnic shelters, a boat launch, and dock are available.
 
North Shore Campground (USFS)
 
Located 5 miles west of Trout Creek on old Highway 200, this site offers 13 overnight campsites (fee involved), picnic area, drinking water, handicap accessible vault toilets, boat launch, dock, and fishing access. This hosted campground is open April 15 to November 30.
 
Frog Pond (Avista Corp.)
 
This day use only site is reached by traveling four miles west from Trout Creek on USFS road No. 2229. The area includes a handicap vault toilet, picnic sites, fishing pier, and trails, some of which are wheel chair accessible.
 
Trout Creek Recreation Area (Avista Corp.)
 
This popular day use only community recreation area is located in Trout Creek on Highway 200.  It offers a covered picnic area, drinking water, handicap accessible vault toilets, boat ramp, and boat dock. The swimming area has a swim dock. No lifeguard.
 
Vermilion River Recreation Area (Avista Corp. and USFS)
 
Primarily used as a boat launch site, this area is approximately five miles east of Highway 200 on the Vermilion River/Blue Slide Road. The day use only facilities include a dock, picnic table, and a boat launch that can be used even at lower water levels.

Finlay Flats Recreation Area (Avista Corp.)
 
Turn off Highway 200 at mile marker 42 and follow the gravel road to reach the Finlay Flats Recreation Area. This site offers several campsites, handicap accessible vault toilets, a boat launch, and dock. A river side hiking trail with beautiful views of the Blue Slide adds to the recreation experience of this popular fishing area.
 
Flat Iron Ridge Boat Ramp (MFWP)
 
Located at mile marker 50 on Highway 200, this site offers picnic tables, handicap accessible vault toilet, a boat launch, and dock. Fishing piers are also available.
 
River’s Bend Golf Course (Community)
 
This challenging nine-hole public golf course is located five miles west of Thompson Falls on the Blue Slide Road. The par 36-hole course has an attractive club house with food and drink available.
 
Thompson Fall State Park (MFWP)
 
This recreation area requires a fee and includes campsites for both tents and recreation vehicles. Full hook-ups are not available, but drinking water, toilets, boat ramp, and covered picnic area are on site. The park is open May 1 through September 30.

For more information about the lower Clark Fork River, please contact:

  • Guest Service
    Cabinet Ranger District
    2693 Highway 200
    Trout Creek, MT 59874
    (406) 827-3533
  • Avista Corp.
    Dept. of Environmental Affairs
    P.O. Box 3727
    Spokane, WA 99220-3727
    (800) 727-9170 ext. 4787
    or (406) 847-1285
  • Noxon Natural Resource Office
    P.O. Box 1469
    Noxon, MT 59853
    (406) 847-1283

To find out more about Montana hunting and fishing rules and regulations, contact:

  • Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks
    490 N. Meridian
    Kalispell, MT 59901
    (406) 752-5501

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