Where to Fish Cottonwood Lake

Cottonwood Lake


Cottonwood Lake is part of the Big Sheep Creek Drainage in the Beaverhead Mountains. This remote lake is found at the very top end of Cottonwood Creek and is near the Continental Divide.

Size 3.4 acres
Elevation 9,620.2 ft.
Directions From I-15, take Big Sheep Creek Road up the valley. Turn left onto Forest Route 657. Turn right onto USFS Rd. 8274 and follow to the Harkness Lakes. Bushwack from Harkness Lakes ~2.5 miles southwest to Cottonwood Lake.
Status of the Fishery Cottonwood Lake has not been stocked and is believed to be fishless. Future sampling will decide if the lake can support fish and should be stocked.
Township/Range/Section 16S 11W 7
Latitude/Longitude 44.4567344181 -112.997740247
FWP Region Region 3 
County Beaverhead
Fishing District Central
Owner: Forest Service
Type: MTNLAKE
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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 97 97

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There is no fish consumption advisory for this waterbody.