Clark Fork River closed from Reserve Street to Kona Bridge

Mindy Sparks
May 16, 2018

The National Weather Service forecasts the river won't drop very much before rising to an even higher level next week as warmer temperatures continue to melt the mountain snowpack. Smith says, right now, the 2018 flooding is in a lull, but we will be back in record territory by the weekend when it is expected to hit 13.89 feet.

Wednesday is expected to usher in another round of slow-moving rain showers followed by cooler weather on Thursday.

A section of the Clark Fork is closed to all recreation access due to risky debris, downed power lines and high waters.

A press release from Missoula County says the closure will stay in effect while emergency officials try to remove the power lines and wait for waters to recede.

NorthWestern Energy had shut off power to the lines, but the lines themselves remain a danger to anyone using the river. The Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks ordered the closure of the Reserve Street Bridge in Missoula to the Kona Bridge west of the city.

The closure applies to all water-based recreation, including wading, swimming, fishing, floating, boating.

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