The Bitterroot River is a wide artery of free flowing, clear water, winding over 80 miles from the Bitterroot Mountains to its confluence with the Clark Fork River in Missoula.
Internationally known as a blue ribbon fly fishing river, the Bitterroot’s many riffles, deep pools, fallen trees, and seasonal hatches make it one of Montana’s most popular fly-fishing destinations. Anglers enjoy a long season wrangling cutthroat, brown, rainbow, and brook trout beginning in early March and extending through November. To cast your line a little further, check out our partner Grizzle Hackle who will happily take you on a guided float or wade trip.
Our favorite term for the Bitterroot River is friendly. Except during the high spring run-off, the Bitterroot’s gentle flow and crystal clear water is perfect for long, lazy summer floats whether in canoe, drift boat, raft, or inner tube. The enticing, cool water is irresistible in the heat of the afternoon and picnicking on one of the numerous sandy beaches or gravel bars is the perfect reprieve.
Dunrovin Ranch has its own swimming pool, complete with sandy beach and shady trees—carved out by an old channel of the river. We call it “Dunflowin” to denote its still, spring waters – cool and deep. There is no other place to be on a hot summer day!
The excellent habitat of the Bitterroot River and its riparian corridor provides Dunrovin’s guests with ample opportunity to view wildlife. The Bitteroot Birding and Nature Trail guides visitors through some of the valley’s most vibrant bird habitat and nature viewing areas and the Montana Natural History Center offers tours lead by local naturalists.
Dunrovin offers guided canoe trips with plenty of time for swimming, wildlife viewing, and picnicking in some of Montana’s most scenic country.