Where to Fish Rattlesnake Lake #17

Rattlesnake Lake #17 Rattlesnake Lake #17


Size 7.98 acres
Elevation 7189.76 ft.
Directions Although the lake is geographically close to the city of Missoula, access is very difficult and requires substantial off-trail travel through steep terrain. There are several USFS routes from which to choose. Route distance and difficulty vary, but all require non-motorized travel. Common starting points are the trailheads at West Fork Gold Creek (Trail # 52), Ravine Creek in lower Grant Creek (Trail # 34), or in lower Rattlesnake Creek at the main Rattlesnake National Recreation Area trailhead (Gated Road #99). Please refer to USFS maps for specific travel routes and connecting trail numbers to reach the upper Rattlesnake basin on USFS Trail #515. From the end of this trail, access will require a ~ 1.5 mile off-trail climb of ~ 1,100 ft to reach the lake. Total travel distance from USFS trailheads ranges from 9-17 miles. There may also be shorter, alternative routes through the Flathead Indian Reservation from the northwest.
Status of the Fishery
Township/Range/Section 15N 18W 6
Latitude/Longitude 47.08164 -113.91709
FWP Region Region 2 
County Missoula
Fishing District Western

Main Contact

William Knotek
Fisheries Biologist
lknotek@mt.gov
(406) 542-5506
Missoula
Region 2


Manager

Patrick Saffel
Fisheries Manager
psaffel@mt.gov
(406) 542-5507
Missoula
Region 2

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