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Hannon Memorial Fishing Access

Varied River Birding

Two birding habitats adjoin here

River riparian and sagebrush add diversity to this small but rich spot.

Hannon Memorial Fishing Access Site Map

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Field Notes

A spotted towhee rustles in the underbrush, while song sparrows sing from the serviceberry. Dippers swim underwater in search of caddis larvae. Great blue herons, stand on long legs, patiently waiting for a fish to spear. In spring, warblers flock to the riverside forest - American redstarts, yellow, orange-crowned and MacGillivray's warblers. Lazuli buntings find this fishing access, too.

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Habitat Link

The river separates two distinct habitats - cottonwood riparian on the west side in this almost 58-acre fishing access and sagebrush to the east on the other banks. It's a rare chance to simultaneously view songbirds of lush riverside shrubs and trees and birds of open country - from the same spot.

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Viewing Tip

While birding is always best in the morning, during spring and summer you can spot and hear birds all day. Noise from the highway can be distracting, but the varieties of habitats in such a small area make this an excellent birding area.

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Helpful Hint

This site is very accessible for all birders, offers good fishing, a boat launch for floaters, a day use area and a small campground (six spots).
December 1 through March, Friday - Monday, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

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Getting There

20 miles south of Hamilton on Hwy 93 to Milepost 27

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Contact

Montana Department of Fish Wildlife and Parks, 3201 Spurgin Road, Missoula, MT 59804; (406)542-5500

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