Ashley Lake Montana Fishing, Camping, Boating

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Ashley Lake

Tucked away inside the Flathead National Forest, this 4-mile long lake is a perfect spot for boating or an overnight camping trip. But Ashley Lake’s biggest draw is its record-breaking fish.

  • Enjoy sweeping mountain views during a day of tubing the lake. 
  • Catch a record-breaking trout from the lake’s 200 foot depths. 
  • Camp under the stars.

What can I do at Ashley Lake? 

  • Boating
    With its western shores protected by mountains and deep forest, Ashley Lake has mild wind conditions, making it one the best spots for all types of boating and tubing. At over 4 miles long and 2 miles wide, the lake’s depths range widely from very shallow to over 200 feet. There are many summer homes which line the shoreline and motorboats are allowed, so don’t expect to have the lake to yourself. The challenge for most boaters is traveling the miles of unpaved road to the boat launch. 
  • Fishing
    Shoreline access can be a challenge, so a boat is highly recommended. Two record-breaking sized fish have been caught in these waters, which makes Ashley Lake very popular. Kokanee, yellow perch are found here, but most anglers come for the jumbo sized rainbow-cutthroat hybrid. The rainbow trout are rumored to exceed over 10 pounds. 
  • Camping
    There are three campgrounds located on the lake and each offers a different experience. No potable water is available at any of the sites. Ashley Lake North has 5 sites with vault toilets, fire ring picnic table and boat launch. Ashley Lake South has 2 primitive sites.

Where is Ashley Lake?

Located 17 miles from Kalispell. Take Highway 2 west out of Kalispell. Turn at Batavia School onto Ashley Lake Road #912.

When is it open?

May to October

Who can I call if I have more questions?

Tally Lake Ranger Station at the Flathead National Forest: 406-758-5204

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