Where to Fish Boulder Lake


Boulder Lake is a very large (107.5 acres), remote glacial cirque lake located within designated Wilderness in the Gold Creek drainage near Missoula at 6,488 ft elevation. This is the largest lake within the Rattlesnake Wilderness Area.

Size 107.5 acres
Elevation 6488.0 ft.
Directions Access to Boulder Lake can most easily be obtained by taking USFS Road #126 (Gold Creek Road) off of U.S. Highway 200 east of Missoula. Travel on Road #126 for ~6 miles, then USFS Road #2103 for ~ 5 miles and finally USFS Road #4323 for ~ 5 miles to the West Fork Gold Creek Trailhead and USFS Trail #333. From here, it is a ~ 5.5 mile hike on Trail #333 to Boulder Lake.
Status of the Fishery
Township/Range/Section 15N 18W 11
Latitude/Longitude 47.0747 -113.83572
FWP Region Region 2 
County Missoula
Fishing District Western
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Waterbody Section Field Form Type Date Purpose Species
For Comparative analysis all Length Units are millimeters : all Weights are grams
Species Count Avg StdDev Min Max AvgWgt StdDevWgt MinWeight S/L Sects Surveys Waterbody
For Comparative analysis all Length Units are millimeters : all Weights are grams
Waterbody Section Species Count AveLength StdDevLength MinLength MaxLength AveWeight StdDevWeight MinWeight MaxWeight
For Comparative analysis all Length Units are millimeters : all Weights are grams
Waterbody Year Section Species Count AveLength StdDevLength MinLength MaxLength AveWeight StdDevWeight MinWeight MaxWeight
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Id Fcs Id Fnd Id Species Year Species Abbrv Length Weight M/C Count Sex Mort Hook Scar Disease Scales Otolith Fin Clip Tag Comment Genetics Age Stomach Intercept Slope Gear Equipment Trip Date Pass/Run Water Section Lat/Down Lon/Down Lat/Up Lon/Up
Year Angler Days Std. Error
2013 78 78
2011 46 46

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There is no fish consumption advisory for this waterbody.