Hungry Horse Dam is
located in the high Rocky Mountains on the South Fork of the
Flathead River, 15 miles south of the west entrance to Glacier
National Park and 20 miles northeast of Kalispell, Montana.
The is nearly 35 miles long and 3 1/2 miles across
at its broadest. In places, the reservoir is 500 feet deep, and it
holds more than 3.5 million acre-feet of water.
Available fish species are cutthroat trout, bull trout, and
whitefish. The surrounding mountains are popular big game hunting
areas and several of the small tributaries have their headwaters in
nearby alpine lakes. The area is managed by the Flathead National
Seasons: The reservoir is open year round
to fishing, however weather pretty much dictates the season to
be May through November. Fishing for bull trout is closed. An
angler cannot take or intentionally fish for bull trout. The
westslope cutthroat trout limit is 3 fish.
Access: Forest Roads #38 and #895 are your
access points. Road #895 takes you along the Westside of the
reservoir and passes you over the 564' Hungry Horse Dam. The
first 11 miles to the Lid Creek Campground are paved. Road #38
takes you along the eastside of the reservoir and is the primary
route if you intend to travel to the upper end of the reservoir
near Spotted Bear. Note: there is no gas and limited services (3
guest ranches) at Spotted Bear. There are 10 boat ramps along
the reservoir. Abbot Bay, on the eastside, is the longest that
will get you on the water when the reservoir is down to 130'.
Lost Johnny Point is the longest (73') on the west side.
Camping:Fourteen campgrounds as well as
dispersed recreation sites surround the reservoir. Information
can be obtained by calling the Hungry Horse District office
was named when two draft horses used for logging the area
wandered off during the severe winter of 1900. The horses, Tex
and Jerry, were found a month later, all scraggly and hungry.
Take U.S. 2 about 20 miles northeast of Kalispell.