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Bitterroot River Access Map


Information provided by Montana Game & Fish (current as of 6/2003)

Fishing Access Sites
Hannon Memorial River Mile: 82
Directions: 20 miles south of Hamilton on Hwy 93 to Milepost 27.
Stay limit is 7 days. Fee required. Contact the regional office for fee info.
Other Info: Two areas - one is day use only and the other has 6 campsites.  Open all season.  58 acre(s).
Wally Crawford River Mile: 72
Directions: South of Hamilton off Hwy 93 at the Coms Broke.
 
Other Info:   Open all season.  2 acre(s).
Demmons River Mile: 57
Directions: Under development
 
Other Info:   Seasonal. Contact the regional office for open and closure dates.  1 acre(s).
Woodside Bridge River Mile: 52
Directions: From Hwy 93, than east at Woodside onto Woodsite cutoff toward Corvallis
 
Other Info: Disabled fishing platform.  Open all season.  3 acre(s).
Tucker Crossing West River Mile: 47
Directions: 3 miles south of Victor off Hwy 93.
 
Other Info:   Open all season.  257 acre(s).
Bell Crossing River Mile: 41
Directions: 2 miles north of Victor on Hwy 93, then 1/2 miles east on Route 370.
 
Other Info:   Open all season.  65 acre(s).
Bass Creek River Mile: 30
Directions: North of Stevensville on Hwy 93.
 
Other Info: Walk-in access only. Hand launching of boats is not recommended.  Open all season.  14 acre(s).
Poker Joe River Mile: 28
Directions: 19 miles south of Missoula on Hwy 93, then east 11/2 miles on Co. Road.
 
Other Info: Site is walk-in access only. Canoes/rafts can be hand launched from site.  Open all season.  12 acre(s).
Florence Bridge River Mile: 23
Directions: 17 miles south of Missoula on Hwy 93 to east side Bridge, then 1 mile east.
 
Other Info:   Open all season.  12 acre(s).
Chief Looking Glass River Mile: 21
Directions: From Lolo, south on Hwy 93 for 6 miles, then turn east on Chief Looking Glass Road.
Stay limit is 7 days. Fee required. Contact the regional office for fee info.
Other Info: Canoes/rafts can be hand launched from site. Please reference "Montana Boating Laws" brochure for river use restrictions.  Seasonal. Contact the regional office for open and closure dates.  13 acre(s).

NOTE: All river Fishing Access Sites (FAS) are listed in descending order by river mile from headwaters to mouth. The mouth of a stream is its confluence with another body of water and is considered mile 0.


Special Regulations: Special Limit Areas

  • West Fork above Painted Rocks Reservoir: Catch-and-release for cutthroat trout.
     
  • West Fork from the mouth to Painted Rocks DamCatch-and-release for cutthroat trout. 3 rainbow or brown trout, no size limit. Extended whitefish season and catch-and-release for trout open December 1 to third Saturday in May with aquatic insects, maggots and/or artificial lures only.
  • One mile downstream of Darby Bridge to Star Falls on the East Fork Catch-and-release for cutthroat trout. 3 rainbow or brown trout, 1 over 14 inches. Extended whitefish season and catch-and-release for trout open December 1 to third Saturday in May with aquatic insects, maggots and/or artificial lures only.
  • Tucker Crossing to Florence Bridge and one mile downstream from Darby to Como Bridge Catch-and-release for all trout. Artificial lures only. Extended whitefish season and catch-and-release for trout open December 1 to third Saturday in May with aquatic insects, maggots and/or artificial lures only.
  • Como Bridge to Tucker Crossing: Catch-and-release for cutthroat trout.3 rainbow or brown trout, 1 over 14 inches. Extended whitefish season and catch-and-release for trout open December 1 to third Saturday in May with aquatic insects, maggots and/or artificial lures only.
  • Tucker Crossing to Florence Bridge: Catch-and-release for trout. Artificial lures only. Extended season for whitefish and catch-and-release for trout open December 1 to third Saturday in May with aquatic insects, maggots and/or artificial lures only.
  • Florence Bridge to mouth of the Bitterroot: Catch-and-release for cutthroat trout. 3 rainbow or brown trout, 1 over 14 inches. Extended season for whitefish and catch-and-release for trout open December 1 to third Saturday in May with aquatic insects, maggots and/or artificial lures only.
  • Bitterroot Valley between U.S. 93 and the East Side Highway between Hamilton and Buckhouse Bridge (ditches, canals, and sloughs): Extended season for northern pike and whitefish and catch-and-release for trout December 1 to third Saturday in May with aquatic insects, maggots, and/or artificial lures only.

     

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