Kelly Island Fishing Access

This large undeveloped island at the confluence of the Bitterroot and Clark Fork rivers is a 631-acre parcel owned by the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks. It consists of cottonwood bottoms, large meadows, and ponderosa pine forests.

Much of the land is on an island accessible by boat, or at low water, the river can be forded. However, birding is good at the access points. From Reserve St. south of the river, turn west on Spurgin Road and go to the end. The 2nd access is one block north of Spurgin at the end of N. 7th St. West. The 3rd access is north of the river off Reserve St. Turn west on Mullan Road up the hill, past the cemetery to Cote Lane, and follow the signs.

Expected birds are Bald Eagle, Turkey Vulture, Pileated Woodpecker, Lewis’s Woodpecker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Vaux’s Swift, Western Wood-Pewee, Yellow Warbler, and Black-headed Grosbeak.


Kelly Island Fishing Access — 2 Comments

    • Hi Carl,
      I checked on eBird for this area. They have bar graphs that show which species have been seen there at different times throughout the year. You can probably get an idea of what you’d expect to see in early March by looking at the bar graphs. I filtered them to show only the species seen in March, but you can expand that as desired.

      Kelly Island:

      I hope this helps,

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