Clark Fork River Flows Lower than Normal – Less Rapids and a Decline in Water Recreation
Water flows are flowing less than half the volume normally seen on the Clark Fork River waterways in Missoula and they are putting a huge damper on river recreation, including floating and kayaking--even surfing for some in western Montana.
NBC Montana reported that's especially true at Brennan's wave, a man made water feature on the Clark Fork River in downtown Missoula.
However, Brennan's wave is still drawing plenty of thrill-seekers, but NBC Montana said it's not nearly as quick and challenging as it usually is this time of year.
"Even where the rivers come together, you are not even getting very many rapids so you got a lot of rocks to watch for, you got to be careful where you put in," said Missoula resident Dan Biggs.
Hoot Owl restrictions limiting fishing from 2 p.m. to midnight remain in effect on the Clark Fork, Bitterroot and the Blackfoot River.