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FWP warns floaters about debris in the Clark Fork River

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With the weather warming up, many people are getting ready to grab an inner-tube and float Montana’s rivers.

However, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is warning people wanting to float in the Missoula area to be careful especially, after receiving reports of dangerous debris in the Clark Fork River.      

Those with FWP really want floaters to be aware of their surroundings, because most the debris is really large and small chucks of logs and branches.

Vivaca Crowser with Fish, Wildfire and Parks said this is kind of unusual to still have so much debris in the waters in the middle of July.

"Usually, we are seeing that 3 to 4 weeks earlier. Because the water level was sustain so high this year… and we had extra flow, we have had so much debris in the water. And a lot of it is still there,” said Crowser.

Also, what worries Crowser and FWP is that the debris can be deceiving to the floater's eye, putting them in danger.

"Big debris, smaller pieces of logs and tree limbs and that sort of thing. And a lot of the debris... kind of the scary thing that it's under the water and we can't even see it."

It's not just floaters who need to be aware of debris.

However, just because you are in the boat doesn't necessarily mean you are out of the clear especially, with fast current. 

"They can hold a boat and really trapped there. Certainly, smaller boats but even larger boats. And so be prepared and avoid it at all costs," said Crowser. 

For one floater I talked with told ABC FOX Montana she was aware of the debris.

In fact, a co-worker warned her about it.

As a result, this floater is being cautious when hitting the waters.

"We got a little bit of a rope tie to keep our tubes together and everything like that. And hitting any rapids kind of face down river for the most part, if there is any debris or anything,” said Liz Fisher, Missoula resident.

However, Crowser assured ABC FOX Montana the water and the debris itself will get better.

"It will get better as water levels go down and the water temperatures go up a bit.  But still no matter the season or the flow rate or the debris there are always those dangers out there. So you want to be careful,” said Crowser.

If you do see large debris please let FWP know, so they can share that information with other floaters and boaters.

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