Wise River Montana

Wise River
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On MT Highway 43, right where the Wise River flows into the Big Hole sits the small mountain community of Wise River. The Wise River tumbles into the Big Hole from high in the Pioneer Mountains. The Wise varies in size from a large stream to a very small river, and doesn't offer quite the same majestic floating opportunities as the Big Hole, but the willow-lined banks and the boulder-strewn bed make the river perfect for pocket fishing. A few small forest service campgrounds dot the course of the Wise River with paved loops and handicap accessible toilets, providing perfect sites from which to adventure into the Pioneer Mountains and the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest.

Wise River also forms the north end of the Pioneer Mountains Scenic Byway. This paved, 49 mile long road follows the Wise River to its source, and then follows Grasshopper Creek down the other side of the mountain. The Byway offers beautiful views of the rugged Pioneers and a number of turnouts with opportunities to explore more remote areas, like the ghost town of Coolidge and the silver mine of Elkhorn. In the winter months, try snowmobiling over the Byway instead. The prime rib sandwich and the famous bar at the Wise River Club make for a comfortable end to an adventure around Wise River.

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  1. Big Hole River Cabins
    Big Hole River Cabins
    Wise River, MT
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  2. Big Hole Lodge
    Big Hole Lodge
    Wise River, MT
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  3. Dickie Bridge
    Dickie Bridge
    Wise River, MT
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  4. Troutfitters Cabins
    Troutfitters Cabins
    Wise River, MT
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  5. Wise River Club
    Wise River Club
    Wise River, MT
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  6. East Bank
    East Bank
    Wise River, MT
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  7. Pettengill Campground
    Pettengill Campground
    Wise River, MT
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  8. Fourth of July Campground
    Fourth of July Campground
    Wise River, MT
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  9. Boulder Creek Campground
    Boulder Creek Campground
    Wise River, MT
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  10. Lodgepole Campground
    Lodgepole Campground
    Wise River, MT
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  11. Willow Campground
    Willow Campground
    Wise River, MT
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  12. Seymour Creek Campground
    Seymour Creek Campground
    Wise River, MT
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  13. Little Joe Campground
    Little Joe Campground
    Wise River, MT
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  14. Mono Creek Campground
    Mono Creek Campground
    Wise River, MT
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  15. Pintler Campground
    Pintler Campground
    Wise River, MT
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