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It might seem a little too early to be thinking about boating, but if you’re anything like us you’re probably already planning your first launch for the summer. Before you choose a destination, though, you’ll want to check out these gorgeous sites right here in Montana. From pristine waters to great fishing to incredible scenery, you’re sure to love what each of these beautiful lakes have to offer.
Castle Rock Lake
Surrounded by bike paths, this lake is 2.5 miles and offers ample opportunity for bird watching and activities. Those who enjoy hiking will love the 3.2 mile alternate hiking loop. There’s also an area for picnicking, BBQ, a playground, nature trails, and a shelter so you can hide from any inclement weather. There aren’t any gas motors allowed on the lake, so this might not be the best place to take your boat, but you can fish on the lake in a canoe.
Hell Creek Marina
Don’t let the name fool you. This marina offers fishing on the Fort Peck Reservoir for walleyes, northern pike, smallmouth bass and spring lake trout, while hunting for elk, mule deer and antelope is allowed during the fall. The marina also offers offers an array of fishing services including bait, tackle, access to local fishing guides, boat docks and rental slips, and on-the-water gasoline.
Abayance Bay Marina
The newest marina on Lake Koocanuse, you’ll find 24′ and 28′ slips with limited moorage for large crafts. Boat launch and pull services are also available. Lake Koocanuse offers wonderful fishing, especially for trout, Ling Cod, and White Fish. There’s also ample hiking and plenty of opportunities to enjoy watersports.
Located two miles south of Whitefish, Blanchard Lake offers fishing for black crappie, largemouth bass, northern pike and yellow perch. Discharge of weapons is strictly prohibited. Fishing is allowed on a daily basis only and there isn’t a boat ramp, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy boating and motor boating.
Surrounded by the Kootenai National Forest this lake permits motorboats, water skiing and fishing. If you’ve got a diverse range of people in your group, this might be the perfect destination for you. It has something for everyone and is sure to provide enjoyment for days. With an elevation of 2300′, this lake is best visited in the spring and fall.