From above, the Clarks Fork of the Yellowstone river looks like a crack in the earth, not something to kayak through. The whitewater is dangerous and flanked by 1000-foot granite walls, leaving little to no room for error when paddling. Still, a group of ambitious kayakers sought to paddle their way through it. But they weren’t the only ones eyeing up the Clark Fork. There was talk of building a dam on the Yellowstone River, thus eliminating future runs on the river.
The documentary Our Local Epic follows the contentious history of this river. Hear from the original kayakers about why this body of water was worth preserving, and why’s it’s still significant today. Major kudos to Rendezvous River Sports for sharing this story to the public. Be sure to check them out for any of your whitewater kayaking needs, or while you're at it, maybe treat yourself to a new boat with that stimulus check.