Montana Fish & Wildlife Conservation Trust

Blackfoot Community Conservation Area

Photo of Blackfoot Community Conservation AreaProject Name: Blackfoot Community Conservation Area

Sponsor: The Nature Conservancy and the Blackfoot Challenge

Year: 2007

Grant Amount: $20,000

Total Project Cost: $3,950,000

Project: Just east of Missoula, the Blackfoot River Valley was an area explored by Lewis and Clark centuries ago and its rich history and scenic landscape have made it a popular, year-round recreation site.  The Blackfoot Community Conservation Area lies within the Blackfoot Watershed and encompasses 5,600 acres.  South of the Lolo National Forest, the property features Warren Creek and McCabe Creek, popular spots for fishing.  The property also includes Doney Meadows.  From prairie grasslands to prevalent wetlands, the Blackfoot River Valley is well known for its diverse landscape.

Purpose: Maintain traditional public recreation access, implement area fishery improvements, and maintain the habitat for native wildlife.

The community-owned Area was purchased with assistance provided by the Montana Fish & Wildlife Conservation Trust and partners.  More than 88,092 acres have been purchased from Plum Creek Timber Company.  The “community-driven” acquisition, driven by the Blackfoot Challenge and The Nature Conservancy, grants both private and public lands in the Blackfoot River Valley.  The creation of the Blackfoot Community Conservation Area was an initiative set in place to encourage recreation activity in the area while still preserving and improving the wildlife habitats of the Valley and surrounding Forests.  The Area allows a range of recreational activities like hunting, fishing, hiking, dog sledding, camping, snowmobiling, and more.

Directions:  From Missoula, travel east on I-90 before taking exit 109 for MT-200 E toward Bonner/Great Falls. MT-200 E is the main thoroughfare through the valley.  About 3.5 miles north-east of Ovando, Montana.

Restrictions: Contact project sponsor for specific restrictions regarding this property.


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