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Marias River Access Sites

Marias River

Moffat Bridge area

fishing the Marias

Fishing the Marias

The Marias River starts in Glacier County at the confluence of the Two Medicine River and Cut Bank Creek. It flows generally southeastward from this point and is impounded by the Tiber Dam to form Lake Elwell.  About 50 miles downstream of the dam, it receives its principal tributary, the Teton River, shortly before entering the Missouri River at Loma. T he Marias River was named in 1804 by Meriwether Lewis for his cousin, Maria Wood. There are three BLM river access sites: Sullivan Bridge launch site, Pugsley Bridge Recreation Area, and Moffat Bridge Recreation Area.

Sullivan Bridge

Located at the headwaters of the Marias River, the confluence of Two Medicine River and Cut Bank Creek, this scenic launch point has a gravel road access and beautiful riparian vegetation adjacent to sheer cliffs. 

Activities: River trips, fishing, picnicking

Facilities/Services: None

Location / Access:  On Hwy 2, go about four miles east of Cut Bank and turn south onto the Sullivan Bridge Road. The recreation site is on the north side of the river. Roads within the site may be impassable when wet.

Lat/Long:  48°29’13” -112°13’34”

Fees: None

Season/Hours:  Year–round

Maps:  The location is on the BLM Valier 1:100,000 map at Township 32N, Range 5W, section 35, NW1/4 of the SW1/4. T he turnoff from US Hwy 2 to Sullivan Bridge Road is on the BLM Cut Bank 1:100,000 map.

Contact:
Havre Field Office
3990 Highway 2 West
Havre, MT 59501
(406) 262-2820

Pugsley Bridge Recreation Area

This area is located about 4.5 miles downstream of Tiber Dam. Drive across the historic cable suspension bridge to reach the river access site on the south side of the river.  No overnight camping is allowed at this site.

Activities: River trips, fishing, picnicking

Facilities: Restroom

Location / Access:  From US Hwy 2, on the west side of Chester, turn south onto Moffat Bridge Road, go about 13 miles, then turn right (west) onto MT Hwy 366; go about two miles then turn left (south) onto Pugsley Road.  The recreation site is on the south side of the river after crossing Pugsley Bridge.  Roads within the site may be impassable when wet.

Lat/Long:  48°17’26” -111°02’53”

Fees: None

Season/Hours: Year–round during daylight hours.

Maps:  The location is on the BLM Conrad 1:100,000 map at Township 29N, Range 5E, section 11, NW1/4 of the NE1/4.  The route from Chester is on the Chester BLM map and the Lonesome Lake BLM map.

Contact:
Havre Field Office
3990 Highway 2 West
Havre, MT 59501
(406) 262-2820

Moffat Bridge Recreation Area

The Moffat Bridge Recreation Area is located about 7 miles downstream of the Pugsley Bridge Recreation Area.  There are two recreation sites, but only one has motorized access to the river.  The motorized river access is on the north side of the river, northeast of the bridge, and has a vault toilet and picnic area.  It is on State of Montana land and managed in cooperation with the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation.  The other site is on BLM land.  It is just downstream, on the south side of the river in a beautiful cottonwood gallery.  This site is open to motorized vehicles only during the summer and walk-ins the rest of the year.  The cottonwood gallery road does not go all the way to the river.  A high clearance vehicle is recommended.  Visitors must cross private land to access this portion of the recreation area by land.  Please respect private property to ensure continued access to the BLM lands.  Pack out trash and leave gates and other structures the way you find them. 

Activities: River trips, fishing, picnicking, primitive camping from April 1 through September 1 (there is a 3 day and 3 night camping limit)

Facilities: Restroom, two picnic tables, fire ring at the motorized river access. No facilities at the cottonwood gallery.

Location/Access:  On US Hwy 2, on the west side of Chester, turn south onto Moffat Bridge Road, go about 18 miles to Moffat Bridge. T he recreation site with facilities is on the north side of the river.  Cross Moffat Bridge and take the first turn to the left (east) to reach the cottonwood gallery on the south side of the river. The road to the cottonwood gallery may be impassable when wet.

Lat/Long: 48°15’57” -110°59’34”

Fees: None

Season/Hours: Moffat Bridge is on a county road and open year-round. The road to the cottonwood gallery is open to vehicles June 1 to September 1. The area is closed to camping September 2 through March 31. Quiet hours are from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m.

Maps:  The location is on the BLM Lonesome Lake 1:100,000 map, at Township 29N, Range 6E, section 18, SW1/4.  The turnoff at Chester is on the Chester BLM map.

Contact:
Havre Field Office
3990 Highway 2 West
Havre, MT 59501
(406) 262-2820

 

 


 
Last updated: 06-28-2012