Wise River, MT
Lower Bobcat Lake is one of several lakes in the West Pioneers that support the rare southern grayling. The lakes lie in small glacial cirques in the middle of the gentle West Pioneer Mountains below Bobcat Mountain .At 9,165 feet, this peak is one of the higher points in the range. From the upper lake, a steep trail leads west to the ridge separating the Bobcat Creek and Pattengail Creek drainages, the latter dissecting the heart of the West Pioneers. Elk often frequent the small meadows that dot this high area. Farther west is a long ridge topped by Odell Peak. Several cirque lakes lie at the base of this ridge. An interesting feature of Lower Bobcat Lake is its arctic grayling population. These rare native fish survive in limited numbers in the Big Hole River drainage. The grayling have specialized habitat requirements that make it hard for them to compete with other sport fish in lower-elevation waters. The remoteness of the Bobcat Lakes helps them survive. Please take care not to disturb the small stream that drains Lower Bobcat Lake — the grayling depend on the fine gravels in the streambed for spawning. If you decide to catch a few of them (and they are fairly easy to catch), please carefully release them.
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Trail Statistics & Information
|Nearby City||Wise River|
|Duration||Day hike or overnighter|
|Season||July through September|
|Trailhead Elevation||6,900 ft|
|Top Elevation||8,400 ft|
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