PacifiCorp provides recreation opportunities in Bigfork, Montana, as part of The Historic Bigfork Hydroelectric Project. Our facilities provide fishing, picnicking and hiking opportunities. The recreation sites are all day use only, no overnight camping permitted.
Please use caution around dams and waterways. Follow posted notices and watch over children.
NOTE: The Swan River Nature Trail provides periodic vehicle acces for trail maintenance and to hydroelectric project facilities. Accordingly, you may encounter authorized motorized vehicles on the trail.
An opportunity for local boaters
Water flows capable of supporting whitewater boating in the Swan River's Class IV Wild Mile will be released on Wednesdays, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. during July and August.
PacifiCorp operates the Bigfork Hydroelectric Project on the Swan River. Providing these flows is a requirement of the federal license to operate the Bigfork Hydroelectric Project.
The Wild Mile can be accessed from the South Shore River Access located just out of town on State Highway 209 (see Bigfork Recreation Map) .
Whitewater releasees will occur only if natural flows in the river are at least 800 cubic feet per second at 8 a.m. on the day of the event regardless of flow later in the day. Please visit http://waterdata.usgs.gov/nwis/uv?12370000 the day of the scheduled flow for updated river flows.
No hunting or open carrying of firearms is allowed within 100 yards of PacifiCorp Parks and Trails. Archery hunting ONLY is allowed outside of closed areas. All PacifiCorp lands are open to the public and may be accessed by hiking. Biking (non-motorized) and horseback is allowed on designated trails only. All unauthorized motorized vehicle use is prohibited. If you have further questions or comments, please contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 503-813-6666, Option 1.
Remember, hunting on private lands is a privilege and, as with all hunting activities, rules and prohibitions are enforced by state game agents and local law enforcement.