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Hyalite Reservoir – in Western Byways Montana Edition

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Western Byways Article - Hyalite Reservoir

Western Byways Article – Hyalite Reservoir

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Hyalite Reservoir

Hyalite Reservoir, Bozeman Montana
The Gallatin Mountain Range provide a stunning setting for Hyalite Reservoir outside of Bozeman Montana

Hyalite Reservoir is a small but gorgeous 206-acre lake located about 12 miles south of Bozeman Montana, 10.5 miles up Hyalite Canyon. The reservoir is at an elevation of 6,700 feet elevation in the Gallatin Mountain Range and it is a major centerpiece of Hyalite Canyon, Montana State University and Bozeman’s recreational playground. The reservoir was constructed in the late 1940’s and enlarged in 1993.

The bulk of the fishing activity during late spring and summer is concentrated in the morning and evening hours by local residents. As water temperatures warm throughout the spring and summer use of this reservoir by boaters and canoeist steadily increases until Labor Day weekend. Yellowstone cutthroat, arctic grayling, and brook trout provide many angler days throughout the year, including a very popular ice fishery. Fly-fishing from float tubes vertical jig fishing, and bait fishing are the most popular methods during this time period. A no wake rule is in effect for motorized craft on Hyalite Reservoir.

Ice typically begins to form on Hyalite Reservoir in late November and is usually safe ice fishing by Christmas depending on temperatures. Fishing with two rods is allowed on Hyalite Reservoir. Fishing at dusk and into the early evening with aid of lantern light is the most popular technique.

Camping at Hyalite Reservior south of Bozeman Montana in the Gallatin Mountain Range
Cody Hunter enjoys a campfire at camp beside Hyalite Reservior

The lake thaws around May as water temperatures warm throughout the spring and summer use of this reservoir by boaters and canoeist steadily increases until Labor Day weekend.

The daily limit is 5 trout; all arctic grayling must be released. There are also special fishing regulations on the inlet stream to Hyalite Reservoir to protect spawning cutthroat and grayling.

Hyalite Canyon tributaries do not open until the 3rd Saturday in July. Chisholm and Hood Creek Campgrounds are located on the east shore of the lake offering family camping units, picnic sites, boat ramps, outhouses, and drinking water.

Chisholm and Hood Creek Campgrounds are located on the east shore of the lake offering family camping units, picnic sites, boat ramps, outhouses, and drinking water.

There is much more to do here than lake activities as there are stunning hiking, ice climbing, mountain biking and climbing all around the area. Hyalite creek has many waterfalls that are well worth seeing.

Directions: To reach Hyalite Reservoir from Bozeman head southbound on 19th Avenue for 7 miles until you reach Fowler Lane, make a left and continue down Fowler Lane for 10.5 miles. You will come to Forest Service Road 62, travel on it for .5 miles where you will find the reservoir.


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