DescriptionClark Fork lies at the foot of the Cabinet Mountains, just northeast of Lake Pend Oreille. The town is on the lake's main tributary, the Clark Fork River, just before it flows into the lake. This location experiences unusually warm winters and cool summers.
The town sprang up in the 1880s when the main line of the Northern Pacific Railroad cut through the Bitterroot and Cabinet mountains. The railroad made lumbering profitable, and lumberjacks began arriving on the area's first steam tugboats. Soon nearby trappers were giving up their trade and joining the timber camps. Today the area attracts hikers, anglers and other outdoor enthusiasts.
Lake Pend Oreille is a focal point of the Pend Oreille Scenic Byway (SR 200), which runs northwest from the Montana border to Sandpoint.
Things to SeeCabinet Gorge Dam