Montana May Snow Pack Levels Up

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Montana May Snow Pack Levels Up

Montana May Snow Pack Levels Up
Montana Snow Pack

2010 Montana Snow Pack

The recent cool weather and precipitation has increased our Montana snow pack in the upper and lower Yellowstone river valleys.  About this time of the year we stop looking at the snow pack levels and start looking at SWE or Snow Water Equivalent.  SWE is a measure of the the amount of water left in the snow.

Currently the Upper Yellowstone is at 86% of normal levels.  The Lower Yellowstone is at 128% of normal.  What does this mean to anglers, tourists and Montana travelers?  Good water conditions for trout and conditions that lower our chances for major forest fires in the late summer and fall.  All-in-all it’s looking like a positive start to our summer fishing season.  We’ll keep you posted.


  1. Stephanie says:

    We'll be at the Yellowstone (Carbela to Livingston), July 4-7. I sure hope the water clears up in time for us to get in a good fishing float!

  2. I hope so too, that's prime Salmonfly time on the Yellowstone – let's keep our fingers crossed!

  3. As of June 9th we are at 95% of normal snow pack and moisture in the Yellowstone River Drainage. The long term forecast predicts normal temperatures and above average precipitation over the next two weeks.
    Looks good for hopper fishing in August!

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