Along the Blackfoot River #7

Blackfoot River at
Thibodeau Rapids
Bonner, Montana

After a five-mile drive up a washboard gravel road that twice narrowed to a single lane squeezed between the cliff and the river, I arrived at Thibodeau Rapids fishing access site. The river appears more dramatic here than at previous access sites with large boulders midstream over which the water rushes. Like other sites in this section of the Blackfoot, the river is confined to a narrow channel by high cliffs on both sides. By the time I arrived in the late afternoon, the sun was nearly gone from even the far bank. Fortunately a few rays still illuminated the golden larch on the opposite bank.

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