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RIVERS – Like the water flowing through town, efforts are steadily and quietly progressing to improve the Spokane River corridor.
A new river access at the stateline being developed by multiple agencies could be finished by November, says Andy Dunau of the Spokane River Forum.
The access will provide a convenient 3.5-mile float for anglers to Harvard Road.
The Spokane Conservation District is teaming with Trout Unlimited to boost native redband rainbow trout near Starr Road, he said. Large woody debris structures are being installed to provide habitat for juvenile trout.
S-R columnist Sean Vestal on Wednesday pointed out several exciting trail projects and possibilities from Riverfront Park downstream that are beginning to realize the untapped potential of the river gorge.
Program: Dunau will reveal how to find groups connected with the Spokane River and demonstrate a new Spokane River Water Trail website mapping resource for detailed information about the river’s flows, access points, paddling routes and much more in a free program Wednesday, 7 p.m. at REI.
Volunteer: Spokane River Centennial Trail work parties are set for today, Aug. 17, 25 and 31 to spruce up trailheads with painting, litter pickup, weeding and other light work organized by Friends of the Centennial Trail. Info: 795-4609.
RIVERS — Andy Dunau of the Spokane River Forum is gearing up to reveal how to find groups connected with the Spokane River and demonstrate a new Spokane River Water Trail website mapping resource for detailed information about the river’s flows, access points, paddling routes and much more.
The free program is Wednesday, 7 p.m., at REI.
Sign-up online to reserve a spot.
RIVERS — Montana Lieutenant Governor John Walsh will join other state officials today to celebrate the opening of a stretch of the Clark Fork River near Milltown that will be open for water traffic for the first time in more than a century.
What: Opening of 2.5 mile stretch of Clark Fork River to water traffic
When: Today (May 1) @ 10:45 a.m.
Where: Turah Fishing Access Site, eight miles east of Missoula on I-90 to Exit 113 (Turah), south then east for 2 miles.
Federal and local officials gathered in September to mark the end of a $100 million cleanup and restoration at Milltown Superfund site on the Clark Fork River upstream from Missoula.
Removal of the century-old dam and toxic mining sediments in an unprecedented scope was funded by a settlement with Atlantic Richfield Co.
Removing the dam eventually will be a boon to Clark Fork River native fisheries, state biologists say, but Missoula fly-fishing guides say aquatic insect hatches down from the dam site continue to be depressed.
The first advisory group meetings paving the way for the project were held in 1989 after arsenic was found in Milltown’s drinking water.
The Superfund work began in 2006 when crews began rerouting the river to drain the reservoir and expose the sediment contaminated by toxic waste flowing down the Clark Fork River from Butte-area mines.
In 2007, trains began hauling tons of sediment to holding ponds at Opportunity.
Milltown Dam was breached in 2008 and completely removed the following year. Since then, bulldozers scraped away the waste, dug new river channels and re-contoured the flood plain.
A state park is being developed at the site.
RIVERS — In their fifth year, the Meet Me at the River trips sponsored by the Spokane River Forum are one of the best ideas ever floated to introduce people to the segments of the river that eventually cover all 112 miles from Lake Coeur d'Alene to the Columbia River.
These Eco Tours feature group trips in different river stretches. Local river outfitters provide the guides and boats appropriate to the section of river, whether they’re sit-on-top kayaks or rafts. Each trip includes people with expertise on a facet of the river to foster discussion.
The whitewater trips are limited to one weekend to take advantage of the best rafting conditions through the two stretches of the river prized for rapids.
Cost: $15 for Spokane River Forum members; $25 for non members.
Read on for the schedule:
RIVERS — The river running season is officially underway on Hangman (Latah) Creek, and it could be over in another day or two.
Unlike most rivers that require spring runoff to get the juices flowing, Hangman is notorious for brief spurts of high flows generated by rain-on-snow events like we had this weekend.
Expect to see experienced river runners equipped for being on the cold, off-color water testing their river skills on Wednesday.
FISHING — Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is accepting public comment through June 24 on a proposal to extend the float fishing season on Rock Creek, east of Missoula, because of the unusually high river flows that have prevented most spring floating opportunities this year.
RIVER RUNNING — A Montana man drew a coveted new permit that allows him to pick the ideal flows and perhaps the best fishing period any day of the year to launch a group of rafts down Montana's strictly regulated Smith River.
Sean O'Connor of Drummond, a local fire chief, won the first Smith River Super Permit this week.
He said he'd bought five $5 raffle tickets. His name was drawn from a total of 2,435 tickets sold.
Other people who draw permits during the normal February drawing are lucky to get them, but they are locked in to launch dates regardless of whether they coincide with high or low water in the river's notoriously unpredictable flows.
The Smith River winds through a spectacular limestone canyon in the Lewis & Clark / Helena National Forests. The typical four day, 59-mile float offers great fishing for cutthroat, brown and rainbow trout, plus mountain whitefish.
O'Connor said he plans to float the Smith River sometime in late June, or when the fishing and the weather are at its best.