Pet Press KALISPELL MAY 2019
THE BEST OF MONTANA
Kayaking on McDonald Creek
I grew up in Wyoming, where the wind blows all the time. This is great if you want to fly a kite, but it’s less great if you want to spend any time on a lake. My family didn’t boat much, but I did grow up canoeing down the Platte river. When my wife and I moved to Montana, we brought the canoe with us, because that’s what we loved to do.
someone comes to visit in the summertime, we arrange a time to float down McDonald Creek in the evening. It’s a short trip, easy on those who haven’t kayaked much before, and it never fails to impress. Last summer, as we were floating, we rounded a corner and spotted tons of beavers. That’s normal; they’re everywhere. On the edge of the water, I spotted what I thought was another
Shortly after moving to Kalispell, and before the rest of my family arrived, some people at church invited me to float down McDonald Creek. I was happy to join in and break out the canoe again, but when I got there, I discovered everyone else would be in these nice 14-foot kayaks. I had a great time in the canoe; the journey down McDonald Creek from Glacier Park is fantastic. As we were pulling out of the water, someone invited me to try out their kayak for a bit. As soon as the paddle hit the water, I knew I could never let my wife get into a kayak, because then we’d have to buy one.
If I want to show someone what it’s like to live in Montana, I take them kayaking.
big, beaver splashing around in the shallows, having a grand old time. It wasn’t until I floated a little closer that I realized it wasn’t a beaver at all; it was a black bear! I was about 20 feet away, but he didn’t pay me any mind. He was enjoying his day on the water, just like I was. If I want to show someone what it’s like to live in Montana, I take them kayaking. What we have here is truly one-of-a-kind. Some people save for
years to take a kayaking trip of a lifetime, so I feel lucky that it’s something my wife and I can do almost every weekend in the summer. There’s something freeing about being in the middle of the river in a kayak. You’re totally in the moment and just seeing what nature has to offer. If you’ve never been kayaking before, I highly recommend trying it out this summer. It’s a blast. And I can even tell you about one of the best places to go kayaking in the world, right in our own backyard.
It wasn’t too long before my wife came on a trip down McDonald Creek, and sure enough, she was making plans to get our own kayaks before the day was done. We kept the canoe for a while, because it’s fun and the dogs like to ride with us, but kayaking is the best way to be out on the water. Since then, kayaking has become one of our favorite summertime activities. It’s so much fun to take the kayak down the river to see the wildlife, or float out onto the lake and watch fireworks on the Fourth of July. Anytime
—Dr. Jevon Clark 406.755.6886
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