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Alberton Gorge Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing Trip on the Clark Fork River

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Alberton Gorge Info
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Put In:  St. John's Fishing Access
Take Out:  Forest Grove
Difficulty:  Class III , Class IV at high flows
Gradient:  15 ft/mi
Run Length:  17.5 miles; longer and shorter trips possible.
Current Streamflow:  2130 cfs @ 12/14/2016 11:00 AM - Clark Fork below Missoula MT, reading taken from USGS
Flow Information (phone):  USGS 406-449-5263; flow at St. Regis.
Good Level:  1,800-15,000 cfs
Season Comments:  May, June, July, August, September
Permit:  None presently required.
Character/Similar To:  Alberton Gorge changes dramatically with the water levels. High flows produce non-stop pounding waves and monster holes with the strong possiblity of long swims. By late summer when the flow has diminished, the rapids are a mild Class II+ or III.
Hazards:  Cold water, big hydraulics, log jams, swift currents, continuous rapids, and possible long swims.
Water Craft:  kayak,wwcan,raft
Land Ownership:  Mostly private
Wilderness:  No
Camping on River:  Several USFS campgrounds in the area; state campground at Forest Grove take-out.
Location:  In the Rocky Mtn Region (MT), 150 miles West of Helena
Shuttle Logistics: 

Put-in: St. John's Fishing Access is located on I-90, 3 miles west of Alberton at the I-90 eastbound rest area. Boaters westbound from Missoula must drive a couple of miles past the access, take the Cyr exit and return eastbound to the rest area. A popular alternate put-in is 2 miles downstream at Cyr Bridge: take the Cyr exit from I-90 westbound, cross the river, turn left, and descend the hill to the boat ramp on the left bank, downstream form the I-90 bridge.

Take-out: To reach the Forest Grove take-out, drive downstream (west) on I-90 some 8 miles from Cyr, take the Tarkio exit, and turn right, then immediately left onto the frontage road. Drive downriver 5 miles to the Forest Grove Fishing Access on the right bank a half mile below the I-90 bridge over the river.

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