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Young man jumps from a rocky ledge into the Blackfoot River near Sheep Flats to join his buddies floating past.

The Blackfoot River Recreation Corridor stretches 26 miles from Russell Gates FAS to Johnsrud Park FAS
includes Johnsrud Park, Thibodeau Campground & Rapids, Whitaker Bridge, Corricks River Bend, in Missoula County
click here for Blackfoot River Recreation Corridor location on Google Maps
Follow in Lewis and Clark's footsteps on the Blackfoot River

The following text is from montana.gov:
Located in the west-central part of the state and famously known as the centerpiece of Norman Macleanís novel ďA River Runs Through It,Ē The Blackfoot River is one of Montanaís most popular rivers for recreation. The riverís 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.

Map of the Blackfoot River Recreation Corridor north of MT Rt. 200 and northeast of Missoula.
Map of the Blackfoot River Recreation Corridor north of MT Rt. 200 and northeast of Missoula.

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 youíll 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 donít find all the answers youíre looking for, you can contact the Fish, Wildlife & Parks Office in Missoula at (406) 542-5500. http://fwp.mt.gov/recreation/activities/boating/blackfoot/

Links:
Missoulian 4/11/15:
Blackfoot River corridor management plan up for review
Missoulian 12/26/16:
Land deal expands the Blackfoot recreation corridor
Big Sky Fishing.com:
The Blackfoot River Corridor Scenic Drive

Missoulian 8/6/17:
Wilderness friends seek help for Blackfoot

Looking upstream at Blackfoot River near Sheep Flats from the south side.

Young man jumps from a rocky ledge into the Blackfoot River near Sheep Flats to join his buddies floating past.
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Click MAP above for a LARGER IMAGE.                         Pictures taken 7/28/17  all photos by Andy Christen

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Looking upstream at Blackfoot River near Sheep Flats from the south side.

 

 

 
Blackfoot River flowing away from the viewer at Corrick's River Bend entrance road looking south. Blackfoot River beach at Corrick's River Bend looking southeast Blackfoot River beach area at Corrick's River Bend looking south. Blackfoot River beach area at Corrick's River Bend looking southwest.

Blackfoot River flowing away from the viewer at Corrick's River Bend entrance road looking south.

Blackfoot River beach at Corrick's River Bend looking southeast

Blackfoot River beach area at Corrick's River Bend looking south.

Blackfoot River beach area at Corrick's River Bend looking southwest.

Across the Blackfoot River beach area at Corrick's River Bend looking south, there is a tree with a long rope apparently used by some to swing out and drop into the river. Close up map showing the Blackfoot River Recreation Corridor

Across the Blackfoot River beach area at Corrick's River Bend looking south, there is a tree with a long rope apparently used by some to swing out and drop into the river.

Close up map showing the Blackfoot River Recreation Corridor

Whitaker Bridge crossing the Blackfoot River

View looking north across the Blackfoot River at the downstream side of the Whitaker Bridge on 7/28/17.

View of the Blackfoot River looking downstream  from the Whitaker Bridge on 7/28/17.

View looking westerly, downstream of the Blackfoot River from the Whitaker Bridge on 7/28/17.

View of the Blackfoot River looking easterly, upstream from the Whitaker Bridge on 7/28/17.

Looking south across the Whitaker Bridge on 7/28/17. The Blackfoot River flows westerly below.

Seniors on an inflatable raft on the Blackfoot River entering the Thibodeau rapids on 7/28/17 Kayaking the Blackfoot River at the beginning of Thibodeau Rapids Kayaking the Blackfoot River at the beginning of Thibodeau Rapids

Seniors on an inflatable raft entering the Thibodeau rapids on 7/28/17

Kayaking the Blackfoot River at the beginning of Thibodeau Rapids

Kayaking the Blackfoot River at the beginning of Thibodeau Rapids

Floaters entering the Thibodeau rapids.

Sign at Thibodeau Rapids with with Blackfoot river access. Young man gets ready to jump from a rocky ledge into the Blackfoot River near Sheep Flats to join his buddies floating past. Standing on a rocky ledge by the Blackfoot River near Sheep Flats. Blackfoot River Recreation Corridor sign at Johnsrud Park

Sign at Thibodeau Rapids with with Blackfoot river access

Young man gets ready to jump from a rocky ledge into the Blackfoot River near Sheep Flats to join his buddies floating past.
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Standing on a rocky ledge by the Blackfoot River near Sheep Flats.

Blackfoot River Recreation Corridor sign at Johnsrud Park