Bitterroot River

Conner, Montana 59827

Bitterroot River

Bitterroot River Professional Review and Guide

"A notably clear stream that flows over graveled bottoms and through cottonwood bottoms in a very picturesque valley. All Class I, but swift water, frequent logjams, and occasional snags above Stevensville require intermediate skills. Beginners can try below Stevensville, but avoid high flows.

The Bitterroot can be floated for its entire distance, and intermediates can navigate its two forks if they can avoid logjams and maneuver through fast water. Most floaters start below the Highway 93 bridge between Conner and Darby. This upper section of the river generally has less development than below Hamilton. A catch-and-release fishing section between Darby and Como Bridge and Tucker Crossing to Florence Bridge receive heavy summertime float-fishing pressure from outfitters."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
80 miles
Skill Level
Class I
Logjams and snags, narrow channels, and sharp bends. Five diversion dams (miles 65, 60, 54, 45, 44).
The Bitterroot sees heavy use from Darby to Missoula, especially in March and April when anglers target the skwala hatch.
Fishing, Camping, Birding
Additional Use
Grizzly Hackle, Missoula; Missoulian Angler, Missoula; FWP, Missoula.
Local Contacts
USFS: Bitterroot; USGS: Hamilton, MT; Elk City, MT; Montana Afloat: #1 (The Bitterroot River); River Rat: Bitterroot.
Local Maps

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Jul 2018