Stillwater Lakes Montana Fishing, Camping, Boating

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Stillwater Lakes

Enjoy tons of water sports on Upper and Lower Stillwater Lakes, as well as some wild rafting on Stillwater River. Fish for super-sized pike, shoot the rapids or swim the shallows. Read More

  • Get a thrill from a stretch of Class III rapids on the Stillwater River. 
  • Peaceful and petite, Lower Stillwater Lake features good fishing for brown trout. 
  • At Upper Stillwater Lake several hiking trails crisscross through the surrounding national forest and hidden mountain lakes and streams.

What can I do at Stillwater Lakes?

Although they are less than one-hour from downtown Whitefish, Upper and Lower Stillwater Lakes feel like a world away. Connected by the Stillwater River, the Stillwater Lakes offer boating, fishing and miles of hiking trails through the National Forest.

  • Rafting: Stretching for 80 miles, the Stillwater River offers some of the best variety of rafting conditions in the Flathead Valley. If you are looking for a mellow float drop your raft or kayak near Russky Creek. There are class III rapids in the stretch between Upper Stillwater Lake and Lower. Spots below Lower Stillwater Lake can be challenging due to log jams.
  • Fishing: Fly-fishing for pike is popular on the river. For those trolling the 630 acre Upper Stillwater Lake, expect to find brook trout, perch and occasional cutthroat. The Lower Stillwater stocks rainbow and brown trout. Both lakes are equiped with boat launches. Non-motorized boats only.
  • Hiking: The 1 mile long Lagoni Lake Trail starts at the Upper Stillwater Lake campground. The Finger Lakes Trail, Fort Steele Trail and Ralph Thayer Memorial Trail also pass through the Upper Stillwater Lake area.
  • Camping: There are 5 primitive campsites available at Upper Stillwater Lake. No services or camping at Lower Stillwater Lake.

Where is Upper Stillwater Lake?

From Whitefish take Highway 93 northwest toward Olney. Turn left at the Stillwater CG Lake site sign.

When is it open?

Upper and Lower Stillwater Lakes and Stillwater River are open year-round. Campground is open May 15-October.

How much does it cost?

Free to access the lakes.

Who can I call if I have more questions?

Flathead National Forest 406-758-5204