Originally a meandering trail which followed the Clark Fork River between St. Regis and Paradise, the St. Regis-Paradise National Forest Scenic Byway lies within the Lolo National Forest. This scenic route, with the motto: The River, The People, The Land, takes motorists through varying terrain, from spacious, rolling flats to steep canyon walls where it winds through the Coeur d'Alene Mountains. The byway has long been considered an alternate route for travelers, on Interstate 90, whose destination is Flathead Lake or Glacier National Park. It also serves as a route to the National Bison Range. However, with the spectacular scenery, plentiful wildlife, and many recreational opportunities the Byway is a destination unto itself The Clark Fork River begins its journey 240 miles east of the byway and drains more than 22,000 square mile of western Montana before it flows into Idaho and eventually joins the mighty Columbia River. The official name of the river is the Clark's Fork of the Columbia, but is usually called the Clark Fork. The recreational opportunities along the Byway revolve around this river. Several access points to the river are available, providing opportunities for both fishing and boating. Development of additional access points is in the planning stage. Floating in rafts on this stretch of rapids varying difficult for different skill levels of users. The river is home to a wide variety of fish that includes rainbow trout, westslope cutthroat, eastern brook trout, bull trout, and the longnose sucker. The Clark Fork provides excellent fish habitat with a variety of water depths, a varying bottom for hiding places, an abundance of insects, and lots of cool, clean water.