Stillwater Anglers Stillwater River Fishing Access Map

Your Guide To The Best Stillwater River Fishing Access Map

Have you been searching for a Stillwater River Fishing Access Map? We all love the Stillwater River, especially us here at Stillwater Anglers. The Stillwater River is technically a tributary of the Yellowstone River, and it originates in the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness near the Yellowstone National Park boundary and the Wyoming state line. The Stillwater River then winds down through the mountains and enters a 45-mile stretch where the water slows and the river is a bit more accessible. It continues winding down through prairies and canyons before connecting into the Yellowstone near Columbus, Montana. The river provides a great variety of landscapes and many different fish in it’s waters. But where are the best fishing points? 

Here we give you a Stillwater River fishing access map that you can use for great fly fishing opportunities all along the river. 

A Beautiful Tour To The Stillwater River Fishing Access Map

The best way to find a Stillwater River Fishing Access Map is to book a guided trip with our seasoned guides, but here’s your reference for a Stillwater River Fishing Access Map for when you’re headed out on your own.

Stillwater River Access Map From Montana.gov

Image from FWP Montana Fishing Access Site Field Guide

Old Nye

The Old Nye access site is administered by the National Forest and it is the furthest upstream access site available with a boat launch, parking area and toilet. It is approximately 25 miles southwest of Absarokee on Highway 420. There are no campsites. 

Buffalo Jump

The first site downstream from Old Nye approximately 20 miles southwest of Absarokee on Highway 420. There is a small boat launch, parking area and toilet. There are a few camp spaces, but the site is fairly small.

Moraine

The Moraine access point is located just upstream from Castle Rock west of Absarokee on Highway 420 and is the first access site downstream from Buffalo Jump access site. Castle Rock is the next site downstream on the Stillwater River. This site contains a small boat launch site and campsite, a parking area, and a toilet. It is ranked as difficult when it comes to handicapped accessibility. 

Castle Rock

The next stop on your Stillwater River Fishing Access Map is Castle Rock, located 15 miles west of Absarokee on Highway 420. Downstream from Castle Rock is Cliff Swallow, while Moraine is the next access site upstream from Castle Rock. This site contains a primitive launch site, campsites, and a toilet. 

Cliff Swallow

Cliff Swallow is located 11 miles west of Absarokee on Highway 420 and is the first access site downstream from Castle Rock. There’s handicap parking, a fishing pier and a sidewalk leading to public restrooms. There’s a boat launch ramp, parking area, and a few campsites as well. 

Absaroka

Often referred to by locals as “Johnson’s Bridge.” This is one mile west of Absarokee on Highway 420. To get there, you’ll turn north onto Johnson Bridge and drive for almost half a mile, then you’ll turn right on North Stillwater Road after crossing the bridge. Cliff Swallow is the next access site upstream from Absaroka approximately 11 miles, while Jeffrey’s Landing is the next site downstream. This access map is a small area and has a small parking area around 50 yards downstream of the main site. There is a primitive hand launch and a toilet on site as well and is labeled as moderately handicap accessible.

Jeffrey’s Landing

The next stop on your Stillwater River Fishing Access Map is Jeffrey’s Landing, located 1.5 miles north of Absarokee on Highway 78. It is approximately 2 miles downstream from the Absaroka site.  Downstream from Jeffrey’s Landing are Whitebird and Swinging Bridge sites. This site has a concrete boat launch ramp, large parking area and toilet. It is the first access site below the Rosebud confluence and is most often used when flows on the upper river become too low to float. 

Whitebird

Whitebird fishing access point is 5.9 miles south of Columbus on Highway 78, downstream from Jeffrey’s Landing. This site has several campsites, along with toilets. The boat launch site is extremely rough and difficult.  

 

Swinging Bridge

You’ll find the Swinging Bridge fishing point on the Stillwater River Fishing Access Map is located 5.3 miles south of Columbus on Highway 78. There is a primitive boat launch site as well as campsites and a toilet. 

Fireman’s Point

Fireman’s Point is another access point that is 1.9 miles south of Columbus on Highway 78, and then .5 miles west on Countryman Creek Road. Upstream from this point, you’ll find Swinging Bridge. There is a raft slide launch here, a primitive campsite, and a toilet on site. This access point is not very handicap accessible.

When To Fish The Stillwater River 

If you’re headed to these spots for some quality fly fishing, then it’s helpful to know when the best time to head to these rivers really is. Springtime is typically the best time if you want to get the most bites, but the water stays relatively cool even through August. The fishing can be really good in many parts of the river even in September when some of the larger fish are traveling from Yellowstone for the spawning season.

Book Your Trip With Stillwater Anglers

Are you ready to book a fly fishing trip you’ll never forget? Take a guided float trip through the beautiful Stillwater River and we’ll give you a personal guide through this Stillwater River Fishing Access Map. Though the Stillwater River is sometimes overlooked, we think it’s an outstanding way to see Montana mountain views and get some prime trout fishing full of rainbows and browns. Before you head out to the river, make sure you read through our fishing reports and stay up to date on river conditions.

Here’s a quick checklist of what you should bring with you before you book your trip:

  • Polarized sunglasses: polarized lenses are a must!
  • Rain gear (thunderstorms can happen at any time).
  • Fleece jacket and pants, particularly in the spring and fall and later in the summer.
  • Wet wading gear-quick dry pants or shorts.
  • A good hat.
  • Sunscreen and chapstick.
  • Camera.
  • Fishing license: you can pick this up ahead of time or at the shop the day of your trip.

Book a full or half day fly fishing trip with the expert guides at Stillwater Anglers. We’ll provide you with all the fly fishing gear you’ll need – including waders! We’re a full service retail fly shop and outfitters, which means we provide trips that are tailored to meet your specific needs. Everyone here at Stillwater Anglers want to give you a great outdoor fly fishing experience. Basic fly instructions are included when you book your guided trip, and additional lessons can be arranged if you need them. 

Ready to book a trip of a lifetime? Read all the details here and then book your trip online for you and your friends or family today!

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