Where to Fish Boatman Lake

Boatman Lake


Boatman Lake is part of the Rattlesnake Creek Drainage in the East Pioneer Mountains. The lake is very shallow, but has a well defined inlet and outlet which allow fish to live in the lake. The shoreline consists of large rocks and sand; the lake is entirely surrounded by forest with little to no open areas. Human impact is low on this lake even with the ease of access.

Size 6.7623 acres
Elevation 8190.16 ft.
Directions From I-15, take the Birch Creek exit and head west on Birch Creek Road. Turn left on USFS Rd. 7400 and take to the Minneopa Trailhead. Take trail 1055 around the south end of Minneopa Lake and continue west on the trail to Boatman Lake.
Status of the Fishery Boatman lake has a self-sustaining population of Westslope Cutthroat x Rainbow trout hybrids. The average size of fish was 10 inches and the largest 13 inches in 2018 sampling.
Township/Range/Section 05S 11W 21
Latitude/Longitude 45.3883937041 -112.976530338
FWP Region Region 3 
County Beaverhead
Fishing District Central
Owner: Forest Service
(406)-683-3900
Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest Office

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Type: MTNLAKE
Notes: Fishing from shore can be difficult in this lake with the dense forest around lake, but shallow wade fishing is available. A float tube would aid in ease of casting. Fish can be readily caught on flies.
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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

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There is no fish consumption advisory for this waterbody.