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By Ron Cox
Local Historian with the Seeley Lake Historical Society 

That dammed Clearwater

 

December 19, 2019

Ron Cox

Owl creek dam about where the 1903 splash dam was located

Prehistoric Native American Indians referred to the main stream in our valley as Clear Water. Several impoundments now known as the "Chain Of Lakes" stilled the flow allowing sediments to settle. A springtime visit to the Blackfoot River confluence with its brown water makes the Clearwater namesake apparent.

The Clearwater River has had a long history of being dammed up. The earliest on the river was in 1906 at what is now the Riverview bridge. It was a splash dam to impound water in what was then called Clearwater Lake for purposes of the log river rive. For six years the Big Blackfoot Mil...



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