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Hungry Horse Reservoir

Hungry Horse Reservoir

Hungry Horse Reservoir in Northwest Montana
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Hungry Horse Reservoir, which stretches for more than 35 miles through beautiful and remote country, is fairly popular among pleasure boaters due to its scenic and isolated setting along with its easy access. The reservoir was created by the building of the Hungry Horse Dam, covering once pristine wilderness waters of the South Fork Flathead River.

For fishing, Hungry Horse Reservoir comes up lacking. The reservoir is managed for power production purposes, and during low water, simply reaching the lake can be a challenge. The lake is not stocked unlike most other reservoirs in Montana. For those who want to attempt to fish Hungry Horse Reservoir, the best place will be around some of the inlets and bays that exist all along the reservoirs shoreline.

Primary fish species in the reservoir include cutthroat trout and whitefish, along with some scattered bull trout that make their way down from the South Fork of the Flathead.

Access to the head of Hungry Horse Reservoir is excellent. Just take the paved road from the town of Hungry Horse a few miles to the dam. To travel beyond the dam, though, will require a lot of patience as the road is dirt, twists frequently and is very bumpy. Also make sure you have a spare tire for any trip down past the reservoir - the road has a nasty reputation for eating tires.

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