Where to Fish Heart Lake


Heart Lake is a small (7.1 acres), remote glacial cirque lake located in the Big Creek drainage (St. Regis) at 5,533 ft elevation. This lake lies on the Lolo National Forest (Superior Ranger District).

Size 7.1 acres
Elevation 5533.0 ft.
Directions Access to Heart Lake can most easily be obtained by taking the Haugan exit from Interstate Highway 90, west of St. Regis. Take USFS Road #386 southwest about 2 miles, then bear left onto USFS Road #3820 along the East Fork of Big Creek. Take this road ~ 6 miles to USFS Road #1159. Less than 0.25 mile up this road is the trailhead to Heart Lake. From here, it is a short (< 1 mile), steep hike to the lake. Another option may be to hike off-trail down to the lake from USFS Road #391, which runs approximately along the Idaho/Montana border.
Status of the Fishery
Township/Range/Section 18N 30W 32
Latitude/Longitude 47.28423 -115.45475
FWP Region Region 2 
County Mineral
Fishing District Western
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Waterbody Section Field Form Type Date Purpose Species
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Species Count Avg StdDev Min Max AvgWgt StdDevWgt MinWeight S/L Sects Surveys Waterbody
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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
2009 56 56

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