Where to Fish Crater Lake


Crater Lake is a moderately sized (16.8 acre), remote, glacial cirque lake located in the North Fork Fish Creek drainage. The lake lies on the Lolo National Forest (Ninemile Ranger District) in the proposed Great Burn Wilderness Area.

Size 16.5 acres
Elevation 5672.0 ft.
Directions Crater Lake can most easily be accessed by taking Fish Creek Road (USFS Road #343) from Interstate Highway 90, then traveling west on USFS Road #7750 to the campground and Forest Service outpost (Clearwater Crossing) at the end of the road. Take the North Fork Fish Creek Trail (USFS Trail #103) approximately 4 miles to an unofficial pack trail to the southwest which leads to Crater Lake. The hike to the lake is only ~ 1.5 miles from the trail junction, but the trail is extremely steep.
Status of the Fishery
Township/Range/Section 14N 26W 34
Latitude/Longitude 46.92734 -114.88089
FWP Region Region 2 
County Mineral
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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