Tally Lake Montana Fishing, Camping, Boating

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Tally Lake

Exploring the waters of a remote summit requires a bit of an intrepid spirit. After making your way over unpaved logging roads, visitors’ get a big payoff with a peaceful day on Tally Lake.

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  • Troll for legendary monster-sized sturgeon at Montana’s deepest lake. 
  • Boney Gulch Trail is a great moderate hike through lush old-growth forest. 
  • On Star Meadow Road, you’ll pass through verdant valleys with snow-tipped summits on the drive to Tally Lake.

What can I do at Tally Lake?

The solitude is a big draw for anglers. Miles of hiking trails attract outdoor enthusiasts to this secluded Shangri-La. There are 40 sites available for camping.

But for some, half the fun is getting there. The road to Tally Lake passes through some spectacular scenery. Take time to enjoy the journey, as well as the destination.

Hiking: There are many trails which crisscross around Tally Lake with Tally Lake Overlook Trail and Boney Gulch Trail being two of the more popular.

  • Tally Lake Overlook Trail: 1.2 miles. Easy to moderate. Elevation gain 200 feet. Access from campground.
  • Boney Gulch Trail: A steep 2.7 mile hike through an old growth forest. Elevation gain 200 feet. Trailhead is on route 913, about 3-miles from the campground. 

Fishing: As the deepest lake in Montana, Tally Lake’s 492 feet make it a challenge for shore fishing. It’s best to troll the deep water for cutthroat trout, perch, rainbow trout, brook trout and whitefish from a canoe. According to local legend super-sized sturgeons lurk the bottom. 

Scenic Drive: Be sure to take Star Meadows Road up the mountain side. You’ll take in some stunning views of Star Meadow and the surrounding valley. Just follow the signs for Tally Lake Campground.

Where is Tally Lake?

North of Whitefish take Highway 93 and make a left on Twin Bridges Road. Follow Farm-to-Market Road until the intersection with Tally Lake Road.

When is it open?

Tally Lake is open year-round, but many of the trails can only be accessed from May to October.

How much does it cost?

Camping fee is $15-$25 per night.

Who can I call if I have more questions?

Tally Lake Ranger District 406-758-5204

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