PLACES: Paul’s Fishing Access on Lake Five

By Beacon Staff

The fall colors are already starting to emerge on the west side of Glacier National Park and one of the newest places to enjoy them is at Paul’s Fishing Access on Lake Five, between Coram and West Glacier.

The fishing access site was recently constructed by Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks and provides new access to the lake. From the newly constructed dock one can admire the stunning peaks of Glacier National Park just a few miles away as well as launch a boat for an afternoon fishing trip. The site includes a boat dock and ramp, as well as parking spots and a bathroom. According to FWP the lake is a popular spot for fishing for Kokanee and rainbow trout.

Access to the lake was first envisioned by Elizabeth Taylor and Edna Ridenour as a tribute to late family members. Together they worked to acquire and donate land to FWP, which has been constructing an access road and parking lot in recent months. The site finally opened for public use in late September.

According to FWP the site will be open year round, however there are restrictions, including no camping, fires or personal watercraft. Also all vehicles towing a person must travel the lake in a counter clockwise direction.

How to get there: From Coram, travel east on U.S. Highway 2 about 4 miles. Take a left on Lake Five Road and travel about 1.5 miles to the fishing access. The fishing site is clearly marked with signage on Highway 2.

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