Caras Park

October 20, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Caras Park Article from Wikipedia


Caras Park, located just south of the historic Wilma Theatre downtown, was created as a result of a land reclamation project done as the state highway department replaced the aging, two-lane Higgins Avenue Bridge in 1962 with the current four-lane structure. Before the reclamation, the Clark Fork River divided to create an island with the north channel’s bank extending to nearby buildings such as the Wilma Theatre.

The south channel was deepened for the increased water flow and the infilled land later became Caras Park.[91] Events in the park were not common until the early 1980s and permanent fixtures like Out to Lunch that began in 1986.

The Missoula Downtown Association took over from Parks and Recreation for management of the park and made improvements to make Caras Park more event friendly. Seating, event circles, brick plazas, restrooms, and storage structures were added. Large temporary tents were used for events until 1997 when a permanent Caras Park Pavilion was constructed.[92] With its centralized, waterfront location the park has become the hub of Missoula’s festivities.

These include Out to Lunch, the International Wildlife Film Festival, First Night Missoula, Garden City BrewFest and offered intimate concert settings for artists such as Jewel, Chris Isaak, Santana, Ziggy Marley, and B.B. King.[93] Located next to Caras Park is ‘A Carousel for Missoula’, a wooden, hand-carved and volunteer-built carousel; and ‘Dragon Hollow’, a magical play land adjacent to the carousel.

University of Montana Area Video

March 27, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

The University of Montana is an integral part of the Missoula community.  Providing education for our state and entertainment for the locals.  Here is a great video on the houses in the University District near the U campus.

Woods Gulch Trail Missoula

March 9, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

One of my favorite bike rides is the Woods Gulch trail in Missoula.  To get there go up Rattlesnake Drive and at the entrance to the Rattlesnake Recreation Area take a right turn instead of going left to the Main Trailhead.  You will go about a half mile up Woods Gulch road.  The road turns into a private road and there are a couple of parking spots at the little trail head.

The Woods Gulch Trail goes up.  It is a tough grind up on a bike.  In the last few years there has been a new bridge added and an extension of the trail has been added to eliminate a fairly steep section of the trail.  This addition added a very rocky shale section.

Woods Gulch Trail February 2009
The Bridge on the Woods Gulch Trail February 2009. This is as far as I got up the trail, the snow made it a lot of work.

This is one of my favorite workout climbs.  The climb is all ride able but it is a good chunk of work. 
As you get near the top there is a split in the trail both splits end up on the old logging road. The right hits the logging road and then continues up toward Sheep mountain. If you look off to the right on the logging road you are overlooking the old Marshall Ski Area.

Going right on the logging road will take you down to the Marshal Canyon road. Going left on the logging road will take you to the Three Larch Trail.

Rick Kern

Brennan’s Wave Missoula

March 9, 2009 by · 2 Comments 

Brennan's Wave viewed from the Kim Williams Trail Missoula
Brennan’s Wave viewed from the other side of the Clark Fork on the Kim Williams Trail Missoula.

Brennan’s Wave was built to create a play spot for kayakers right next to Caras Park in downtown Misssoula on the Clark Fork.  It is a man made engineered whitewater playpool.

Brennan’s Wave is named after Brennan Guth a local Missoulian that was very active in the Msla Kayaking community.  He died in Chile in 2001.

There is a nice overlook for watching the Kayakers play.  This playpool was designed to work at the different water flows that the river has during the different seasons.  This $300,000 project has been a great addition to the Missoula Downtown.  From early spring almost until the cold ices up the river you will find people enjoying this great little watering hole.

This is a quick Video of Brennan’s Wave.

Brennans Wave1
Brennans Wave2
Brennans Wave Sculpture

Kim Williams Trail Missoula

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The Kim Williams Trail is one of the most popular walking, biking, running, commuting trails in Missoula.  It follows the old Milwaukee Road train railbed heading east on the south side of the river.

Kim Williams Trail, Chestnut Street Access in Missoula Montana
This picture shows the path heading to the river at the Chestnut Street Access.

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Caras Park Missoula

March 1, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

Possibly the cultural center of Missoula Caras Park. This used to be the unkempt edge of the Clark fork. Then Restoration of Downtown Missoula and the creation of Caras Park. Now there are three foot bridges connecting the two sides of the river and trails on both sides.

Music and food vendors every Wednesday Noon and Thursday night. A Carousel for Missoula and Dragon Hollow with lots of parking for downtown Missoula and events at Caras Park. The development of Caras park and the river footbridge and walkway system has been awesome.

The most recent addition of Brennan’s Wave is just more fun in Missoula.


The Caras Park Big Top.  This is the tent that many of the events in Caras Park use for shade and protection from the rain.

The Caras Park Grandstand.  Room to sit and watch the music that is often playing in the Circle.

Bicycle Sculptures used as Bicycle racks

Bark Park Missoula

March 1, 2009 by · 3 Comments 

The City of Missoula has designated the eastern part of Jacob’s Island as Bark Park Missoula. This is an area where dogs and their owners can play.  The island is between the University of Montana Field house and East Gate shopping center. The University Foot Bridges accesses the island from either the University side or the Broadway East Gate shopping center side.

Jacob’s Island bridge from the University area

Even on a blustery twenty degree March day some Dog owners are walking their dogs.

The very heavily used water access at the Missoula Bark Park

Jacob’s Island


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