Montana Fish & Wildlife Conservation Trust


Tenderfoot Creek Falls

Project Name: Tenderfoot Acquisition

Sponsor: Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation

Year: Phase II: 2010
Phase III: 2012
Phase IV: 2013

Grant Amount: Phase II: $80,000
Phase III: $20,000
Phase IV: $75,000

Total Project Cost: Phase II:$4,109,200
Phase III & IV: $2,139,317 & $3,200,000

Project: Located in Meagher County in the Tenderfoot Creek drainage about 30 miles northwest of White Sulphur Springs within the Lewis and Clark National Forest. Tenderfoot Creek is an important tributary that flows into the Smith River above the Canyon Depth camping site. Once all phases of the acquisition are complete this will guarantee public access in the future to 8,200 acres of land and enhance public access to intermingled National Forest lands including an adjacent roadless area. Fishing, hunting, horseback riding, camping, hiking, bird watching, snowmobiling and other recreational uses currently in that area would be enhanced by this acquisition along with the opportunity to view a very scenic waterfall on Tenderfoot Creek.

Purpose: The Tenderfoot property has been transferred to the USFS which will manage the property for recreational access, fisheries and riparian habitat enhancement, water quality protection, forest and range health and wildlife habitat enhancement.



Montana Fish & Wildlife Conservation Trust
P.O. Box 1993
Helena, MT 59624
Phone: 406-897-2580 or Email: