The Clark Fork Coalition, the City of Missoula, Missoula County, and Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks have teamed up to provide a new, Missoula-area River Ambassador pilot program in 2021!
This summer four river ambassadors will help you navigate Missoula-area river recreation by:
- providing information on parking and shuttle options, including appropriate put-ins and take-outs that protect sensitive riverbank vegetation;
- offering river info and safety tips;
- suggesting floats and providing maps;
- providing mesh trash bags to help keep the river clean;
- and more!
Think of river ambassadors as your guides to a summer of awesome, safe, clean water fun! Be sure to follow them for the latest updates and info:
In the news:
- Clark Fork Coalition’s River Ambassadors clean up the river in Missoula, KPAX Channel 8 Missoula 7/24/21
- UM launches shuttle service to river, KPAX Channel 8 Missoula 7/22/21
- Missoula County Commissioners introduce new program for recreational river safety, KHQ NBC 7/2/21
- “Tip of the Spear” video with Missoula County Commissioners, 7/1/21
- Pilot program to place ambassadors on Clark Fork River during summer crunch, Missoula Current 5/13/21
- Sustainable Missoula: River ambassadors ensure safe, clean river fun, Missoula Current 6/18/21
- River Helpers Prepare for Floating Season, Missoulian 6/7/21
Frequently Asked Questions:
- When and where can I find the river ambassadors? River ambassadors will be deployed on the Clark Fork, Bitterroot, and Blackfoot Rivers in the Missoula area between late June and early September, moving between access points, parking and shuttle areas, and sometimes on the river on SUP boards and kayaks. Ambassadors will be available Thursdays – Sundays from 11 am to 7 pm. Just look for the friendly folks with light blue t-shirts showing the colorful River Ambassador logo on the front and the words “RIVER AMBASSADOR” on the back:
- Are ambassadors the river police? Not at all! Ambassadors are there to provide information, tips, and assistance, and may offer friendly reminders to help prevent riverbank erosion or build-up of trash in or near the water.
- Are ambassadors river guides? No, but they can provide directions to put-ins and take-outs, offer maps and mesh trash bags, give you information on local floats, times, and access points, and offer suggestions and tips for your float.
- Can they help in an emergency? River ambassadors are not first responders, nor are they trained medical professionals. If you have an emergency call 911, but better, always use common sense, don’t float beyond your ability, and follow safe river practices when you’re out on the water!
- What else do ambassadors do? River ambassadors also collect data on erosion problems and recreation numbers to help planners determine where impacts are greatest and improvements should be prioritized.
- You can help by reporting trash, hazards, or other issues by flagging down an ambassador, or contacting us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- You can also submit trash reports to the Clark Fork Coalition any time through our TrashLine service by texting “TRASHY” to 33222. Just reply to the automated message with location and details.
- How can I contact the river ambassadors?
- Call or leave a message at 406-356-6476
- Email: email@example.com
- Submit your comment or question using the form below.
River Resources and Tips!
More good river stuff:
- UDASH River Shuttle – FREE!
- Downtown Missoula river map (downloadable PDF with access sites, parking info, and more)
- Pro Tips for Floating the River
- How to report trash
Send a comment or question to the river ambassadors!
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