Wild Bill Lake

Red Lodge, Montana

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Wild Bill Lake is a small but charming threeacre lake in the Custer National Forest at the southern base of Grizzly Peak. The lake sits in the West Fork drainage, nestled into a glacial depression and surrounded by mountains. “Wild Bill” Kurtzer created the lake in 1 902 by building a dam at the outlet. He stocked the lake and rented boats as a commercial venture. This trail circles the perimeter of the lake. There are two fishing docks with benches extending out into the lake. A picnic area sits among the lodgepole pines on the east side of the lake by the parking lot. Wild Bill Lake, regularly stocked with rainbow and brook trout, is a popular children’s fishing area and is wheelchair accessible.
Day Hikes in The Beartooth Mountains

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Day Hikes in The Beartooth Mountains

by Robert Stone (The Globe Pequot Press)

Wild Bill Lake is a small but charming threeacre lake in the Custer National Forest at the southern base of Grizzly Peak. The lake sits in the West Fork drainage, nestled into a glacial depression and surrounded by mountains. “Wild Bill” Kurtzer created the lake in 1 902 by building a dam at the outlet. He stocked the lake and rented boats as a commercial venture.

This trail circles the perimeter of the lake. There are two fishing docks with benches extending out into the lake. A picnic area sits among the lodgepole pines on the east side of the lake by the parking lot. Wild Bill Lake, regularly stocked with rainbow and brook trout, is a popular children’s fishing area and is wheelchair accessible.

© 2012 Robert Stone/The Globe Pequot Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Red Lodge
Distance: 0.8
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Duration: 30 minute
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: Natural Bridge State park
Local Maps: USGS: Red Lodge West
Driving Directions: Directions to Wild Bill Lake

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