While the South Fork of the Snake River is the main fishing attraction in Swan Valley, there are some noteworthy small streams, creeks, and lakes that boast cutthroat, brown and rainbow trout.
Pine Creek is the largest tributary to the South Fork of the Snake River. The fishing season on Pine Creek begins July 1 and runs until March 31. The creek flows through meadows then drops through a canyon on its way to join the South Fork in Swan Valley. An important cutthroat spawning stream, Pine Creek has a no-harvest policy for cutthroats. To access Pine Creek, take State Highway 31 in Swan Valley.
A beautiful mountain stream, Rainey Creek is home to mainly small cutthroat trout. Its upper reaches are accessible to anglers and can be reached by taking Rainey Creek Road, just East of Swan Valley. Fishing opens on the creek on July 1 and has no-harvest rules in place for cutthroats. If you are looking to fish a small stream with little fishing pressure, try Rainey Creek.
Bear Creek rises in the Caribou Mountains. This small creek is best fished by hiking 2-3 miles from Bear Creek Campground. Access the campground by crossing the Palisades Dam – a truly stunning drive. A spawning stream, it is not uncommon for larger cutthroats, rainbows, and hybrids to linger in the creek into late summer. Bear Creek has a no-harvest rule for cutthroat trout.
Lower Palisades Lake
Just a short distance from the Lodge you’ll find the trailhead to Upper and Lower Palisades Lakes at a small campground on Palisade Creek Road. From there, it’s an easy 4 mile hike to the lower lake. Fish Lower Palisades Lake with dry attractor patterns and streamers. Try the cool feeder stream at the upper end of the lake on summer days. The Upper Palisades Lake 25-mile hike.