Mud Creeks Falls is a way, way backcountry waterfall that has almost no access available to it. That being said, if you have proper permits and can bushwhack your way into Flathead Reservation with GPS location, using the coordinates, you are likely to be able to find the unique waterfall located within the Reservation.
A Guide to Mud Creek Falls, Lake County
Mud Creek Falls Stats
- Location: Flathead Reservation, Lolo National Forest, Lake County, Montana
- Latitude: 47.61462
- Longitude: -113.98464
- Stream: Mud Creek
- Elevation: 6282 feet
- Season: Spring to autumn
- Campgrounds and RV parks nearby: 20+ campgrounds located within the park or nearby, with hundreds of sites available outside of the Flathead Reservation
Recreational Activities Near Mud Creek Falls
Mud Creek Falls is conveniently located within Lake County, where you’ll find a huge number of splendid outdoor activities, attractions, and recreation opportunities. From fishing to hiking, swimming to horseback riding, you’ll never get bored playing here!
Can you swim in Mud Creek Falls? The answer is no – don’t swim at the falls! Waterfalls are tempting locations to swim – so many films put the idea in our heads – but doing so can be extremely dangerous.
The rushing water creates undercurrents that may pull you under and trap you beneath the rushing waters.
Just know that many of the lakes and streams in the area are going to be ice cold; they are often created or supplied by glacier melt and mountain peak runoff from snow melting and running down the mountainside.
Boating is a popular recreational activity near Mud Creek Falls. The many National Parks and National Forests nearby (Glacier NP, Lewis and Clark NF, Flathead NF) all have many bodies of water that are perfectly suited to a variety of boating activities, including paddle boarding, paddle boating, kayaking, canoeing, and motor boating.
Be sure to check regulations in the bodies of water you plan to visit, though, as some have strong restrictions.
If you have your own boat, bring it with you into the forest. If you don’t own one, there are plenty of outfitters nearby that can help you out with a rental or two.
- Rentals and Tours and rentals from Many Glacier
- Rentals from Glacier Outfitters
- Rentals and Tours with Sea Me Paddle
White Water Rafting
Another popular activity in the area is white water rafting. And whether you’re experienced or not, there are trips designed for your skill level.
Be sure to check into the amenities and add-ons offered, too, though, not just the trip length. Some packages include wine tasting, some include snacks or meals, some include overnight camping, and others may include different types of lodging for longer trips.
- Get Your Guide Day Rafting Trip
- Glacier Raft Company
- Great Northern Rafting and Resort
- Rafting Trips with Wild River Adventure
Birdwatching and Wildlife Viewing
Montana has some of the most incredible and unique wildlife and birds in the United States. That means while you’re out hiking in search of Mud Creek Falls, you’re sure to spot some animals you’ll be wild about.
Do take note that you’ll be in the wild and these animals are not domesticated. Never approach wildlife, never attempt to feed them, and only take photos from a distance.
Some of the exciting animals and birds you might spot could include:
- Bighorn sheep
- Mountain lions
- Harlequin ducks
- Common loons
- Mountain goats
- Clark’s nutcrackers
- Bald eagles
- American dippers
- Grizzly bears
- Northern hawk owls
- Black bears
If you are able to bushwhack your way out to Mud Creek Falls, you’ll find you’ve no shortage of stunning photography moments to capture all along the way.
The magnificent wildlife, incredible views, and beautiful wildflowers throughout the year offer plenty of subjects for your lens.
Near Flathead Reservation, you’ll find many bodies of water where fishing is permitted. If you’re familiar with the area, you’re likely to do well fishing on your own accord in any of the following bodies of water:
Throughout Lolo, Flathead, Glacier, Kootenai, and other parks and forests in the area, you will find many incredible mountain bike trails to take on.
For details on gradient, elevation, and more, check the many sites making projects of finding the best biking trails in the region.
- All Trails – Lolo
- MTB Project – Lolo
- All Trails – Kootenai
- MTB Project – Kootenai
- National Forest Page – Flathead
- Trail Forks – Flathead
- MTB Project – Flathead
- MTB Project – Glacier
- Trail Forks – Glacier
Trails worthy of your running shoes are also in abundance in the area surrounding Flathead Reservation. Great Runs, All Trails, and others have done a fantastic job putting together their bests lists of options for you, so that you may determine which trails meet your training needs.
- Great Runs – Glacier
- All Trails – Glacier
- Trail Run Project – Glacier
- Trail Run Project – Flathead
- All Trails – Flathead
- Bivy – Flathead
- All Trails – Lolo
- Trail Run Project – Lolo
- Trail Run Project – Kootenai
If you prefer to hit the leather riding saddle instead of the cycling saddle, you’ll find many outfitters and guides with beautiful trail riding options available.
Be sure to check their trail ride choices as some offer one-hour, several-hour, overnight, and several-day pack trips.
- Flying Pig Adventures
- Hells A-Roarin’ Outfitters
- Horsetrack Outfitters
- Paradise Rafting Outfitters
- Rockin’ HK Outfitters
- Swan Mountain Outfitters
- The Diamond P Ranch
- Wilderness Pack Trips
- Yellowstone Mountain Guides
- Yellowstone National Park Lodges
- Yellowstone Roughriders
If you are able to trek out into Flathead Reservation in search of Mud Creek Falls, you are likely going to do some backcountry camping. That is, packing everything on your back and pitching tents or building natural material lean-tos as you go.
If you’re not able to obtain the proper permits, there’s still plenty of camping in the area. RV parks are everywhere, along with many tent camping sites and other backcountry campsites.
Check ahead to see if any of the locations you’re interested in are reservable, as campsites tend to fill up fast around here.
Hotels and Cabin Rentals
Near Flathead Reservation, you’ll also find many non-camping options if you prefer to lodge with a solid roof over your head. Rent a cabin, lodge room, cabin, vacation house, or book into a hotel or motel.
Some of the favorite lodging options in the area include
- Many Glacier Hotel
- Wonderstone at Glacier
- Great Northern Resort Lodge
- Best Western Rocky Mountain Lodge
- The Inn at Bigfork Bay
- Super 8 by Wyndham Kalispell
- Chalet Hotel Whitefish
Or try looking for a cabin through
Museums and Educational Programs
Montana is rich with incredible First Nations history, pioneer exploration tales, and Old West stories and lore that help to make this naturally beautiful region even more intriguing. Visit museums, art galleries, and educational centers in the area to explore the incredible history of the region.
- Apgar Nature Center
- 4 Ravens Gallery
- Conrad Mansion
- Grizzly Claw Trading Company
- Miracle of America Museum
- Missoula Art Museum
- Missoula Artist’s Gallery & Shop
- Montana Museum of Art and Culture
- Montana Natural History Center
- Museum of the Plains Indian
- Sunti World Art Gallery
- The Forest Service Museum
- Upper Swan Valley Historical Society
- Walking Man Frame Shop & Gallery
- Zootown Arts Community Center
Because of the location of Mud Creek Falls, there are no established hiking trails accessible to the public. When viewing a topographical map, you can see that following along the Mud Creek will guide you there, but it appears that most, if not all, of the journey there would be made through bushwhacking it out there.