Trails and Maps
East Fork Lolo Creek pools into lush wetlands, thanks to a series of beaver dams. Yellow warblers, goldfinches, cedar waxwings, and willow flycatchers flit among the open willows. Nearby western larch and lodgepole pines shelter western tanagers, Townsend's warblers, and pileated woodpeckers. Columbia spotted frogs and long-toed salamanders find home in older beaver ponds, oxbows, or nearby wetlands.Back to Top
Note the evergreen forest on one side and the open wetlands on the other. You're standing at the edge of two habitats. Often, bird diversity is highest where species can benefit from two kinds of habitats. Enjoy this kind of "edge-effect" birding.Back to Top
When Lewis and Clark followed Lolo Creek, they stayed clear of the brushy creek bottom, looking down on the creek from the wooded hillsides. Lewis noted the stream was "choked" with beaver. How does it look today?Back to Top
Walk along the forest road about a half-mile for good birding overlooking the wetlands on one side with the woods on the other. Your best chance to see beaver at work is in the early morning or at dusk.Back to Top
Logging trucks sometimes use this road. Stay to one side and park only in the parking area on your left immediately after the bridge.Back to Top
From Lolo Pass: 1/2 mile past Lee Creek, turn right on Forest Road 461. Cross bridge and turn into the snowmobile parking area (on left).
From Lolo:Approx. 1 mile past Lolo Hot Springs, turn left.
Lolo National Forest, Missoula Ranger District,
Fort Missoula Bldg. 24, Missoula MT 59804; (406) 329-3750