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PROPERTY ROUNDUP: Riverside Properties

Home is in-between the brown and white signs. Riverside Properties in S.W. Montana Fishing in Montana is something akin to heaven. From majestic rivers and lakes to crystal clear alpine streams, the vast amount of fishing in southern Montana is almost unfathomable. You can hopscotch one to the other, and never run out of fishing holes. Each area is unique and none less beautiful than the other. Bring your fishing gear along as we take you on a tour of riverside properties available in S.W. Montana.  

Madison River

The Madison River, one of the few rivers in the U.S. with the blue-ribbon designation, begins in Yellowstone National Park at the confluence of the Firehole and Gibbon Rivers. It then meanders 140 miles until it reaches the Missouri River in Three Forks, MT. The river flows into and Hebgen Lake, Quake Lake and Ennis Lake before continuing on through the narrow gorge of Beartrap Canyon and quietly ends at the confluents. Trout fishing is exceptional with large browns and rainbows. The Madison accommodates boating or wading and can be easily accessed by either. The upper Madison is all catch and release to maintain the wild trout populations. You can easily access the river from the towns of West Yellowstone, Big Sky and Ennis.

Sun West Ranch, Portfolio of Home Site Parcels, Cameron, MT  

Gallatin River, Gallatin Range and Spanish Peaks

Beginning at Gallatin Lake, in the high mountains of Yellowstone National Park, the Gallatin River runs 115 miles to the Missouri in Three Forks, MT. The bulk of the river is closed to float fishing, which gives rise to some of the finest wade fishing waters in Montana with less fishing pressure. The scenery along the Gallatin is spectacular. Flowing through Gallatin Canyon, you’re surrounded by towering rock walls and National Forest. The river opens up and skirts the outside of Bozeman, MT where you’ll find a variety of accesses and scenic mountain ranges all around. The Gallatin Range and Spanish Peaks are riddled with mountain lakes and hungry fish. You’ll find good sized Cutthroats, the occasional Golden and even some Arctic Grayling; a beautiful and rare species with a shimmering blue dorsal fin found at Grayling Lake. These lakes are generally accessed by hiking; some a short in and back, while others could be multiple night backpacking trips. Some of the more popular lakes in this area include Hidden Lakes, a series of 8 beautiful waters. Golden Trout Lake, which, true to the name, is full of Golden’s. Lava Lake is home to some good sized cutthroats. Deer Lake and Diamond Lakes are a bit more challenging hikes, but well worth it. You’ll also want to check out Dudley and Albino Lakes which are more family friendly hikes. No matter if you are a spin, fly or bait fisherman, fishing these lakes will not disappoint.

280 Karst Stage Loop, Big Sky, MT

Heeb Road, Ranch, Manhattan, MT  

Hyalite Canyon Recreation Area

Hyalite Canyon hosts alpine lakes, small streams and the beautiful reservoir tucked up at the base of the Gallatin Range. Hyalite, Emerald and Heather Lakes contain Cutthroat and Grayling, while Blackmore Lake maintains a nice supply of introduced Rainbow trout. Streams are full of Brookies and the reservoir is stocked with Rainbow and Brook trout. The reservoir maintains a no wake rule which keeps speeds low for trolling.

TeePee Ridge Ranch, Bozeman, MT  

Yellowstone River

The Yellowstone has big fish and a lot of them; brown, rainbow, cutthroat and whitefish. Couple that with monster hatches and you can see why it’s one of the premier trout waters in the United Staes. Beginning in Yellowstone National Park it flows 692 miles into North Dakota where it meets the Missouri. This river is best experienced by boat, but is very technical, so until you know the river yourself, go with someone who is experienced in navigating these waters. From Yellowstone Park to Livingston, the river flows through Paradise Valley. True to it’s name, you’re surrounded by the Absaroka Mountains, high plains and cottonwood trees that endlessly line the river. Fall is utterly spectacular.

Paradise Valley, Livingston, MT  

Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness Area

The Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness area is 900,000 acres full of alpine lakes, streams and rivers. Lakes are home to Cutthroat, Brook, Rainbow and occasionally a Golden trout. Both the East Fork and West Fork Rosebud Creeks run into the Stillwater, which ends in Columbus, MT and joins the Yellowstone. The Boulder River, also stemming from the Absarokas, ends in Big Timber and joins the Yellowstone as well. Both of these rivers have less fishing pressure, but the locals know they are full of rainbow, brown and cutthroat trout.

175 Lower Luther Road, Red Lodge, MT

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