The 59,000-acre Bitter Creek Wilderness Study Area (WSA) is located in north Valley County in the glaciated plains of northeast Montana. This is a popular area for hunting and backpacking as well as photography and wildlife and scenic viewing. The WSA is a Watchable Wildlife area as well as a featured stop on Montana’s Northeastern Plains Birding Trail. Highlighted species include Sprague’s pipit, McCown’s longspur, Baird’s sparrow, and long-billed curlew.
WSAs are remote and undeveloped lands that offer primitive and unconfined recreation opportunities. Travel by mechanized or motorized means is only allowed on numbered routes. Please leave no trace of your visit so others may enjoy nature as it was intended for us.
Activities: Hiking, backpacking, primitive camping, hunting, wildlife viewing, photography, horseback riding.
Location/Access: From Hwy 2 west of Glasgow, turn north on Britsch Road and proceed 15 miles. Britsch Road is graveled only for the first eight miles so travel is not recommended during unstable weather. A high-clearance vehicle is necessary.
From Hwy 24, turn west on Kerr Road which is located 15 miles south of Opheim, Montana, and 17 miles north of St. Marie. The first segment of Kerr Road is graveled, but the remainder may become impassible during wet weather. A high-clearance vehicle is recommended.
Motorized and mechanized travel is prohibited off of numbered routes within the WSA.
Fees: No fees for day use and parking, no reservations
Season/Hours: Open year-round.
Maps: The site is on the BLM Opheim 1:100,000 topographic map.
Glasgow Field Office
5 Lasar Drive
Glasgow, MT 59230