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Lake Koocanusa


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This 90-mile-long lake provides excellent fishing and boating opportunities. Species of fish include rainbow and cutthroat trout, whitefish, kokanee, and burbot (Ling cod), and streams draining into the lake offer good fishing for brook trout. Tours of Libby Dam, from which the reservoir is generated, are available during the summer months. Libby Dam is located approximately 43 miles south of Rexford. Several recreation areas are located along the lake. Rocky Gorge has 120 campsites suitable for tents and recreational vehicles. A boat ramp gives access to the lake. Peck Gulch has restrooms, a boat ramp, and plenty of sites for picnicking or camping. The Barron Creek Recreation Site has a boat ramp and dispersed camping areas. McGillivray Recreation Site is a campground and day use area with group picnic shelters. Overnight camping, ball fields, a swimming beach, and a boat ramp are available. A short boat ride from this recreation area will take you to Yarnell Islands, which have camping and picnicking facilities.
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Mailing Address
Kootenai National Forest
12557 MT Highway 37
Libby, MT 59923
Spring, Summer, Fall
Special direction map

Special Directions

From Eureka, follow State Highway 37 south for 7 miles to the town of Rexford and Rexford Bench Complex. Traveling from this point, either north or south, will take you past several campgrounds and boat launching facilities.