Bird Watching in the Blackfoot River Valley

The Krutar Homestead in the Blackfoot River Valley is the perfect home base for a Montana bird-watching vacation. Situated on the North Fork of the Blackfoot River, midway between Helena and Missoula, the Krutar Homestead offers quick and easy access to some of Western Montana's best bird-watching sites.

Over 300 bird species have been observed in the diverse habitat that includes the river bottoms and wetlands of the Blackfoot River Valley. The Blackfoot Valley's best-known birding sites are within minutes of the Homestead’s front door. Brown's Lake is an excellent place to observe waterfowl, including all grebe species. Ducks Unlimited operates two vehicle pullouts just down the road on Route 200 that provide great viewing of waterfowl and other marsh species during all seasons. A little further down the valley the Blackfoot-Clearwater Wildlife Management Area offers a diverse blend of habitats from coniferous forest to native bunchgrass communities to lush creek bottoms. Birders will find flycatchers, warblers and 9 species of woodpeckers along Cottonwood Creek and other streams, and the ponds offer chances to observe a wide variety of waterfowl.
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But birders will not even have to leave the Krutar Homestead's front porch to enjoy their passion. Kleinschmidt Flat, which stretches for over five miles from the Homestead to Ovando Mountain and is bordered on the west by the North Fork of the Blackfoot River, is perfect habit for Sandhill Cranes, Bald and Golden Eagles, and a variety of hawks. So take out your binoculars or spotting scope, sit back on the porch, and enjoy bird-watching at the Krutar Homstead.
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