The Dearborn River begins its journey in the Scapegoat Wilderness. Approximately 70 miles long and fed by several smaller streams along its course helps to maintain its pristine water quality. It then flows through a rugged canyon and eventually joins the Missouri River near the town of Craig. Surrounded by stunning vistas and scenery. The water is clear, cold, and home to a variety of fish species including rainbow, brown and cutthroat trout. The
Dearborn is best waded or floated. The window for float trips can be short, depending on spring runoff. Anglers fishing the Dearborn should be prepared to encounter different wildlife including deer, elk, and grizzly bears.
The Dearborn River is really a hidden gem in the state of Montana. Its pristine water, stunning scenery, and excellent trout fishing make it a must-visit destination for anyone who loves the outdoors. Whether you are a fisherman, hiker, kayaker, or just looking for a peaceful place to spend the day, the Dearborn has something for everyone.