The Blackfoot River, author Norman McClane's home water, has enjoyed a comeback in recent years from degradation due to heavy mining and logging practices in the drainage. The Blackfoot contains sizeable populations of Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, and Cutthroat Trout as well as a steady population of large Bull Trout.
The Blackfoot River is extremely beautiful, with a very scenic canyon stretch in its upper reaches. The river tumbles over numerous large boulders throughout its entirety to its confluence with the Clark Fork River upstream from Missoula
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