Posted By The Success Fisherman

Sioux Charley Lake/Woodbine Falls

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Sioux Charley Lake is the first lake you come to on Stillwater Trail Number 24.

Stillwater Trail No. 24

The lake is 3 miles in on the popular trail which ends up in the Cooke City area. I have been there quite a few times including stops along the way to Roosevelt Lake roughly 7 miles farther up the trail a couple times and I never even begin to get sick of going there.

Sioux Charley Lake is at roughly 5650 feet as you can see by the US Geological Survey Benchmark near the shore in the picture below although several sites on the net place it higher (5,669 for example.) The marker clearly says 1939 and they definitely didn’t have GPS back then so the benchmark certainly may not be exact.

The trail-head is near Woodbine Campground which also has the trail-head for Woodbine Falls Trail Number 93 that leads to Woodbine Falls. The trail to the falls is only 3/4 of a mile so it makes a great side trip while in the area. Especially if you like waterfalls. The incline gets steeper as you approach the falls but it is well worth the effort in my opinion.

Woodbine Falls

Sioux Charley Lake is a favorite destination for day hikers up a trail which mainly follows the Stillwater River through a very scenic canyon in the Beartooth Mountain Range. It is pretty much just a wide spot in the river but it is very peaceful for some reason. At least it is for me.

Near the beginning of the trail the canyon has steep walls and beautiful white water rapids with plenty of spots to stop and enjoy the scenery.

Stillwater Trail Rapids

To get to Woodbine Campground and the two trail-heads take I-90 to Columbus then south on Highway 78 (also known as county road 289) to Absarokee, then shortly after passing through Absarokee take the Nye road (also known as county road 419) through Fishtail, Nye, past the mine to the campground and trail-heads which are at the end of the road.

You can also use the map below to determine directions from various locations.

I will be adding more information about the area soon.

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My first edited video of the area.

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Looking towards the inlet.

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A 360 degree pan.

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Black bear and large cub near the campground

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Moose just after crossing the Stillwater at Sioux Charley Lake

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Near the trail-head to the falls.

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Woodbine Falls

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More coming soon!

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