Clark Fork, Idaho

Clark Fork, Idaho
Clark Fork, Idaho

Clark Fork sits on the edge of the Clark Fork River delta, where the river empties into Lake Pend Oreille. The countryside in this area was sculpted by repeated massive flows of glacial ice and glacial meltwaters over the course of the last Ice Age. The Salish tribes were the first folks in the area to leave evidence of their occupation. By the time when Lewis & Clark came through (1806), most Native Americans in the area were members of the Flathead tribe.

In 1881, a transcontinental railroad line was being built across northern Idaho. That's when the town of Clark Fork was first established at the crossing of the Clark Fork River. Until a bridge was built over the river in 1916, all non-rail traffic was using a ferry to cross the river.

These days, local life in Clark Fork seems to be centered around serving the tourists who come to explore Lake Pend Oreille and the vast forests and waterways in the area. Most traffic enters town via the Pend Oreille Scenic Byway, traveling between Sandpoint to the west and the Montana border at the top of the Bitterroot Mountains to the east.

Fast Facts about Clark Fork, Idaho
Clark Fork, Bonner County, ID 83811
Incorporated: 1912
Elevation: 2,090'
Latitude: 48.1472°N
Longitude: 116.1783°W
Resident Racial Breakdown:
White Non-Hispanic: 87.1%
Hispanic: 3.3%
Native American: 1.8%
Two or More Races: 7.5%
Asian: 0.3%
High School or Higher: 76.6%
Bachelor's Degree or Higher: 3.8%
Graduate or Professional Degree: 2.0%
2009 Estimates:
Population: 583
Males: 293
Females: 290
Median Resident Age: 40.4 Years
Estimated Median Household Income: $26,500
Estimated Median Home Value: $157,600
Population Density: 593 People per Square Mile
2011 Cost of Living Index for Clark Fork: 85.8
Major Industries:
Health Care, Forestry & Timber Products, Real Estate Services, Retail Services, Construction, Waste Management Services, Professional Services, Personal & Laundry Services, Mail Order Services, Grocery Stores
Unemployed (March 2011): 16.1%
Photo of Clark Fork courtesy of Huckleberry Tent & Breakfast.
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