The Missoula area was know to Indians as "Nemissoolatakoo," a Flathead Indian term meaning "by or near the cold chilling waters". At the confluence of the Clark Fork, Blackfoot and Bitterroot Rivers, Missoula lives up to its name.
Beavertail Hill State Park is a campground 30 miles east of Missoula on Interstate 90. Daily use fee is $5 or $30 Parks Passport for the season. Overnight camping fee is $15.
Along the Clark Fork River, seven miles west of Missoula on Mullan Road. Historical area where Gov. Isaac Stevens and members of the Salish and Kootenai Tribes signed the Hellgate Treaty of 1855. Picnic and recreational site. No fee. Day use only.
In Missoula County alone, the river offers a multitude of access areas for day use and overnight camping, also floating, fishing and hunting. Access signs off Highway 200 indicate those areas, starting at Johnsrud Park 11 miles from Bonner east of Missoula. Overnight camping fee $5 with a fishing license, $12 without.
Chief Looking Glass, about 15 miles south of Missoula on Highway 93, offers picnicking and camping sites and nonmotorized boat access to the Bitterroot River. Overnight camping fee $7 with a fishing license, $12 without.
Many other access areas exist along the Blackfoot, Bitterroot and Clark Fork rivers, all within a 25-mile driving distance from Missoula.
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