The 1-acre Sha-Ron FAS in East Missoula has become a popular summer launching spot for canoeists, kayakers, and especially tubers looking for a relaxing float down the Clark Fork River into downtown, where viable take-outs include the rock beach on river right beneath the DoubleTree Hotel's Finn & Porter restaurant, just upstream of the Madison Street Bridge. Keep an eye out for the Jacobs Island weird, a small rubble spillover, adjacent to the University of Montana campus. It's easily runnable for the initiated, and more or less bombproof in an inner tube, but it has the potential to dump beginning boaters who aren't paying attention. Otherwise, the flow is generally unobstructed.

Back at Sha-Ron, amenities are pretty much limited to the muddy boat ramp, but people-watching can be as big a draw as anything, given the sandy beach across the river frequented by East Missoula locals, the good practice eddy created by the prominent river-left rock just upstream, and the steady stream of teen jumpers taking leaps of faith off the Deer Creek Road bridge just downstream.


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