Painted Rocks Lake Montana Fishing, Camping, Boating

Painted Rocks Lake


Located at the southern end of the Bitterroot Valley, Painted Rocks Reservoir is located within Painted Rocks State Park and features fishing, camping, and boating.

What can I see and do at Painted Rocks Reservoir?

  • Fishing: Fed by the West Fork of the Bitterroot River, the lake fishes well for rainbow, cutthroat, and brook trout, especially where the West Fork enters. Fish the depths of the lake for whitefish and dolly varden.
  • Boating: A boat dock and ramp offer easy access for boaters. Bring a motorized boat, canoe, or sea kayak to explore Painted Rocks. The reservoir is a key source for the valley's irrigation. Once the water levels drop substantially in August, boat ramps become inoperative.
  • Camping: 25 campsites are available on a first come, first served basis right along the lake's edge.

Where is Painted Rocks Reservoir?

Located at the southern end of the Bitterroot Valley, turn west off of Highway 93 onto the West Fork Road (Highway 473) and follow for about 20 miles to the lake.

When is the lake accessible?

The park is open daily year-round. This reservoir supplies irrigation water to the Bitterroot Valley and water levels drop substantially in August.

How much does it cost to visit?

  • Entrance Fees: Montana Resident $0, Non-Montana Resident $5/vehicle
  • Camping Fee: $23 (Memorial Day - Labor Day), $20 (Off-Season)

Who can I contact with questions?

Visit the Montana State Park website or call the park directly at 406-273-4253.


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