Montana Fish & Wildlife Conservation Trust

German Gulch Watershed Restoration Project

Photo of German Gulch WatershedProject Name: German Gulch Watershed Restoration Project

Sponsor: George Grant Chapter of Trout Unlimited

Year: 2005

Grant Amount: $41,000

Total Project Cost: $99,100

Project: German Gulch Creek, a sub-watershed of Silver Bow Creek, is located midway between Butte and Anaconda, Montana. As a major tributary of Silver Bow Creek, German Gulch Creek is primarily an aquatic habitat for westslope cutthroat trout. The site lies between the Beaverhead-Deer Lodge National Forest district and the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Fleecer Mountain Wildlife Management Area and is heavily forested with rocky outcroppings and plenty of area for creek-side activity.

Purpose: Ensure connectivity between German Gulch Creek and Silver Bow Creek, restore and protect habitat for native fish species and improve public access for recreational use.

The German Gulch Watershed Restoration Project, with the help of funds provided by the Montana Fish & Wildlife Conservation Trust, benefits the Silver Bow Creek watershed. The land is a great place for recreational activities. Removal of a hazardous bridge over Silver Bow Creek is complete. A majority of the funds purchased three parcels of private in-holdings along the creek. Trails for horseback riding, hiking and bicycling invite more visitors to the area. The inclusion of fish-friendly design features, such as a fish screen, will also improve the area.

Directions: Between Anaconda, Montana and Butte, Montana, German Gulch may be reached going south from Anaconda down MT-1 then off of I-90 Frontage Road travelling south.

Restrictions: None


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