Last Friday, July 3, Gov. Brian Schweitzer and Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribal Chairman James Steele were among those first to float (legally) through the restored confluence of the Clark Fork and Blackfoot Rivers in more than 100 years.
The confluence area at the Milltown Superfund site is closed to the public but the governor gave himself and the party a special dispensation for a "fact-finding mission," according to the Missoulian, And he did, in fact, find at least one 18" cutthroat at the confluence.
The governor and chairman were also accompanied by a fishing guide and a board member for the Clark Fork Coalition who are floating and fishing 320 miles of the Clark Fork to highlight river restoration efforts. Another boat carried the attorney general, the director of Fish Wildlife and Parks other officials.