Rock Creek Valley

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Scenic Rock Creek

One of fishing’s best-kept secret, Rock Creek originates about 20 miles Northwest of Anaconda at the confluence of the East, West, Middle and Ross Forks. The river traverses 50 miles of breathtaking scenery before dumping into the Clark Fork River about 25 miles South of Missoula.

Much of this free flowing river is wild so don’t be surprised if you find yourself sharing a shoreline with a moose or bear. The extensive variety of insect life supports excellent populations of cutthroat, brown, brook trout and mountain whitefish. Rainbow trout populations are rebounding from whirling disease and you might occasionally find yourself locked in combat with a giant bull trout.

With good public access along most of its 50-mile length, Rock Creek is a wade fisherman’s dream, especially after July 1st when float fishing is no longer allowed. Hatches include skwalla, salmon, golden and yellow sally stoneflies, blue wing olives, march browns and caddis as well as excellent spruce moth, hopper and streamer action.

The Rock Creek valley also has some of Montana’s best big game hunting and hosts substantial herds of elk, big horn sheep, white tail and mule deer, bear, wolf, mountain lion and much more. Hiking trails are scattered throughout the valley and often make their way along the dozens of picturesque mountain streams and creeks. Rock Creek Valley is truly a magical place.