Rock Creek Montana Fishing, Camping, Rafting

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Rock Creek

Rock Creek flows through the Sapphire Mountains, just east of the Bitterroot Valley. It offers some of the best fly fishing around and is easily accessed by the adjacent Rock Creek Road.

What can I do and see along Rock Creek?

  • Fishing: Rock Creek offers great fly fishing for rainbow, cutthroat, and brown trout. The only problem is that everyone seems to know this. With such easy access via the Rock Creek Road, you can literally park anywhere and wade into the waters. Float fishing is prohibited in the summer, so bring a pair of waders.
  • Floating: While you can't fish from a boat along Rock Creek, you can certainly bring your fishing gear and fish from the shore along the way. Rock Creek is also great for a scenic float between the confluence of the East and West Forks and Henry's Flat. Below Henry's Flat, a 4 mile whitewater section presents numerous class II and III rapids.
  • Camping: There are a handful of campgrounds situated along the river's edge. Try Harry's Flat, Siria, Grizzly, or Dalles campgrounds. All are first come first served and tend to fill up quickly in the summer.

Where is Rock Creek?

Beginning just southwest of Phillipsburg, Montana, Rock Creek is formed by the confluence of the West and East Forks of Rock Creek. It flows north, right through the Sapphire Mountains until it merges with the Clarks Fork River near Clinton, Montana, just east of Missoula.

Rock Creek is easily accessible via the Rock Creek Road. For best access, fuel and stock up in Clinton and then head south along the paved portion of the road. After 8 miles, the road turns to dirt and gets very bumpy. If you drive the entire 42 miles of the Rock Creek Road, you can return via Phillipsburg and Drummond.