The origin of Rock Creek begins between the East Fork of the Bitterroot and the Big Hole rivers. It flows north and is a tributary to the Clark Fork river. This productive blue ribbon stream is famous for it's prolific hatch of stoneflies, caddis and mayflies. The upper reach from “the forks” to the concrete bridge, about 12 miles, is non-permitted and "off the beaten path." The beauty of this stream is unparalleled with high limestone cliffs.
You will see more boats and anglers on the lower 45 mile portion where it is comercially permitted with a 200 day allocation per each of the three permitted outfitters.
Wapiti Waters utilizes the non-permitted upper reaches of Rock Creek showing clients excellent wade fishing. We also float this section during the short window of higher water, usually in late June. From Hamilton, Montana, one can drive a bit more than an hour over the little traveled Skalkaho Pass, truly a scenic by-way. What you will find are very strong willed trout. Game fish present are Westslope cutthroat, browns, rainbows and brook trout. It is also home to the endangered bull trout or Dolly Varden, some of which grow to lengths over 30 inches. The Upper Rock Creek is a wonderful option for those interested in getting away from crowds and doing something a little different.
Use this link to visit Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Rock Creek description and facts! An interactive map is available.