Montana Symbols - Cutthroat Trout LbNA # 14598
|Placed Date||Apr 19 2005|
|Last Update||Oct 17 2013|
This is one of a series of boxes being placed at interstate rest areas to make a traverse of Big Sky country more fun for letterboxers. Theme for the series is Montana's state symbols. This box honors our state fish.
The Western Slope Cutthroat Trout was described by Lewis & Clark on their journey of discovery. It was very abundant at the time in almost all west slope watersheds. Today the species is much reduced due to hybridization with Rainbow trout & degradation & loss of habitat. They still occur in this Clark Fork drainage however.
The fish takes its name from the red slashes of color near its lower jaw.
To find this box: Enter west bound rest area near mile marker #144 on I-90 between Drummond & Bearmouth. Pay attention as you drive in & notice a post with underground telephone cable warnings on south side of road just after you cross the small bridge. Proceed to parking area to park; then return to the telephone post. Best to walk clockwise around the pond & cut through from there rather than walk along the road. Standing at the post take 44 steps to the south - away from the road. You should be near a juniper. Look on the far side near the base of the tree underneath some moss for your fish.