Clark Fork Info
Running 360 miles from the headwaters near Butte and Anaconda through western Montana across the Idaho border to Lake Pend Oreille and on into the Columbia River, the Clark Fork River drains Montana’s western front, and carries the largest volume of water of any of the state’s rivers when it crosses the border.
The Clark Fork links the largest contiguous complex of federal Superfund sites in the U.S. Ecosystems and communities in the area have been heavily impacted by historic mining and smelting wastes. Hundreds of millions of dollars are being spent to restore the basin back to a fully functioning, healthy watershed. The largest Superfund site in the U.S. also serves as a showcase for environmental understanding, and how a damaged ecosystem can be restored.
Use the “Clark Fork Info” menu above or the links below to learn more about the amazing landscape of the Clark Fork Basin.
- News is a comprehensive, up-to-date index of news related to the Clark Fork Basin, environmental science, Superfund, conservation, and Montana’s ecosystems.
- History offers a wealth of information on the environmental and social history of western Montana, from its native peoples to its eventual development, from its communities and people to its wilderness and wildlife.
- Restoration details the ongoing cleanup of the basin, from Butte to Missoula, repairing over 100 years of environmental damages resulting from historic mining and smelting at the headwaters near Butte and Anaconda.
- View Upcoming Events, including Clark Fork-related public meetings, information events, celebrations, and more from around the basin.
- Photos & Multimedia is your gateway to photos, videos, maps, virtual tours, and more to bring the Clark Fork Basin to life online.
- Links is a comprehensive listing of Clark Fork online resources from state and federal agencies, community groups, nonprofits, and other Clark Fork experts.