WA Peninsula, SC Washington, High Lakes of NW WA, NE Washington & Idaho, NC Washington, NW Montana, Low Lakes of NW WA, SE Washington

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Moore Lake

SIZE: 15 Acres
ELEVATION: 5,316 Feet

COUNTY: Mineral, Montana
Longitude: 115d 14m 59s to 115d 15m 12s West
Latitude: 47d 10m 45s to 47d 10m 55s North

Eastern Brook Trout



A very good gravel trail runs from the parking area at the end of the road to reach the lake at the northeast corner alongside the outlet creek. The lake is the headwaters of Moore Creek.

Where the trail reaches the lake there is an area of gravel bordered by concreted rock that forms a low wall at the waters edge. The access area at the lake also has a fire pit and small wooden bench. From this point a dirt trail continues down the east side of the lake. Another cruder dirt trail runs along the north end, and can be reached by crossing the creek.

The east side of the lake has the lowest hills found around the lake. The northeast corner is open, with daylight visible through the trees. A vee of timber forms the skyline in this direction, and the ground drops away steeply within a couple of hundred yards of the lake.

The hill rising to the south are mostly steep and heavily timbered.

To the west is a very steep, very rough ridgeline. The area over the westernmost corner has high vertical rock. Brush covered slopes with some vertical rock showing through drop from the large rocky areas above to the waters edge. North and south of the brushy slope the area becomes timbered.

To the south, east and north the slopes are heavily timbered. The slopes to the north are fairly low, and those dropping from the top of the ridge to the northwest have three distinct sections of meadow areas at different levels. Some small meadows and some vertical rock break the steep, heavily timbered areas to the south.

The outlet area has the only relatively flat shorelines. The others are moderately steep to very steep, with the exception of a small area at the northwest corner. The shorelines in all areas are brushy. Some areas have timber to the edge of the water.

There are many snags around the lake. Some large snags rise high above the surface from the deep water at the north end. The shores are lined with snags almost everywhere.

A large number of snags float on the surface, and are usually stacked at the mouth of Moore Creek. It makes boat access difficult. Because they are floating, their patterns constantly shift. Normally, they extend out 75 to 100 feet from shore.

The trail that runs along the east shore reaches a couple of places suitable for launching of small rafts or float tubes. The trail ends at the southwest corner of the lake.

Most of the lake is very deep. The only shallow area of any significance is a narrow band along the east side of the lake. A lot of aquatic vegetation is found in the shallows right along the shorelines, growing up through the snags.

A small inlet stream enters at the northwest corner. It is obscured by dense brush and can be heard but not seen from the lake. A dense stand of timber at the northwest corner marks the end of the trail across the north end of the lake. An opening is found under the trees, and it provides some bank access.



The bottom is silt with a lot of rock. The water is clear.


Take Interstate 90 to exit 33 at the town of St. Regis. From exit 33, go to the stoplight in the middle of St. Regis.

Turn left at the stoplight, and go west for 0.6 miles to the end of Little Joe Creek Road. A sign at the end of the road indicates "Moore Lake 14 Miles".

Turn left onto Little Joe Creek Road, and go 3.3 miles to a gravel road on the left. This is the end of Forest Service Road 221. Road 221 runs up the south fork of Little Joe Creek. In these 3.3 miles you will cross over Interstate 90, and reach the end of the pavement. At the end of the pavement is a sign for "Log Trucks, CB Channel 7".

Turn left onto Road 221, and go southwest for 6.7 miles to Forest Service Road 9121, on the right.

Turn right onto Road 9121, and at 1.3 miles you will reach a fork. At the fork, take the left and go up the hill.

Gated roads will be passed, both on the left, at 1.8 and 2.7 miles from Road 221. The end of Road 9121 will be reached at 3.4 miles. It has a small parking area and pit toilet.

The end of Road 9121 is 14.0 miles from the stoplight in St. Regis.

From the parking area, a good gravel trail can be seen leaving in the same direction the road had been going. The trail leads about 150 yards to the lake.

Both flies and spinners are very effective.

Flies worked to rising fish and around the edges of the floating logs are effective during the day, when spinners don't get as many fish. In early morning and evening, spinners become very effective, and get fish of a larger average size.

The best areas are at the northwest corner, and along the east shore. A small spinner slow trolled along the east shore at dusk was extremely productive.

* Idaho Atlas & Gazetteer, Page 63 (lake not shown)
* Montana Atlas & Gazetteer, Page 52 (lake not shown)
* USGS Topographic Map, Montana, Stock Number MT3297 (47115-B2-TF-024-00) Torino Peak Quadrangle, 7.5 Minute Series.
* USGS Topographic Map, Idaho, Stock Number 01697 (47115-B3-TM-100-00) Berge Peak Quadrangle, 7.5 minute Series.
* USGS Topographic Map, Idaho (47115-A1-SM-100-00) Wallace Quadrangle, 30x60 Minute Series.