Floatin' the river. One of those Missoula summertime signature things you gotta do.

UM News Service tells us that once again this year, the University of Montana is taking some of the hassle out of getting to and from popular spots on the Clark Fork River. UDASH shuttles kick off their summer season next week.

For the third consecutive year, the free UM Clark Fork River Shuttle Service returns. Trips from the Campus Recreation Center (Campus Drive adjacent to Washington-Grizzly Stadium) start next Thursday, July 6, and will continue Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through August 20.


So, just how popular has the service become? The Clark Fork River Recreation Shuttle saw a 283% increase in use last summer. Demand is expected to increase again this year.


The up-river trips will run from noon to 6:00 p.m. There are departures every hour during weekdays and every half-hour on weekends. Floaters can hop off the bus and start their trip at either the Sha-Ron or Milltown access points.

With the enormous growth in popularity, UM has shifted some of the focus from, "How can we better promote this service?" to, "How can we keep the experience safe and enjoyable for passengers and ensure we are having a positive impact on the river corridor?’”

New this year, RSVPs will be available for up to 50% of shuttle capacity. Floaters can secure a spot by emailing udash@umontana.edu and arriving at the Campus Recreation Center 15 minutes early with a deflated tube.

After RSVP passengers board, priority will be given to floaters who arrive 15 minutes before departure with a deflated tube. Deflated tubes will allow more floaters to embark on each shuttle ride. Inflatable kayaks and paddleboards must be deflated and fit under the shuttle seat. Please note, that you need to provide your own inflation device to get started on your float.

Shuttle riders also should note that UM is not providing parking passes this summer. Parking Lot M near Jacob’s Island Park has hourly meters. Parking is free after 5 p.m. on weekdays and all-day on weekends.


There are no doubt little odds and ends in terms of questions you might have about the shuttle. You can make your reservations and get many questions answered on the UM River Shuttle webpage right here.

Fun floating to one and all!

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