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Sprawling across the Palisade Falls in Bozeman, Montana, is the Hyalite Reservoir, one of the Hyalite Canyon’s most prized destinations. 

Not only can visitors hike the Palisade Falls in all their picturesque glory and enjoy the breathtaking beach at the Hyalite Reservoir, but it’s the ideal destination for fishing, canoeing, camping, and much more.

Hyalite Reservoir
Hyalite Reservoir – Photo Courtesy of Montana Office of Tourism

Beachside Adventures at the Hyalite Reservoir

The Hyalite Reservoir is located 10.5 miles up Hyalite Canyon, 17 miles south of Bozeman on Hyalite Canyon Road, and about 25 miles north of Yellowstone National Park. Constructed in the late 1940s and expanded in 1993, the reservoir has plenty of cutthroat trout and arctic grayling perfect for fishing.

Even better, Hyalite Reservoir employs a strict “no wake” rule, ensuring that the waters are perfectly calm and quiet, not just for fishing but for other beach activities like kayaking and swimming as well. Motorboats are still allowed so long as they maintain low speeds in order to follow the “no wake” rule.

On the east shore of the lake, you can find the Chisholm and Hood Creek Campgrounds, which boast family camping units, picnic sites, boat ramps, outhouses, and plenty of drinking water.

There’s also fantastic hiking at the nearby Grotto Falls in the Great Smoky Mountains. Considered moderate in difficulty, the Trillium Gap Trail, in particular, weaves through an old-growth hemlock forest for about 3 miles and leads hikers behind a 25-foot-high waterfall. It’s considered ideal for summer hikers, especially those with an eye for salamanders!

Picnic at Hyalite Reservoir

Outdoor Dining and More

A recent addition to the resort is a picnic pavilion on the west shoreline of the Hyalite Reservoir Dam, built in collaboration with the Montana State University School of Architecture, The Gallatin National Forest, and local construction professional volunteers. The 20 by 50-foot structure seats as many as 25 individuals.

There are plenty of other great places to eat in Bozeman as well. Some favorites include the Western Cafe, a nearly century-old breakfast staple; Montana Aleworks, a popular restaurant that boasts great food and drinks as well as plenty of appealing options kids will love; and Whistle Pig Korean, a delicious spot for Korean staples like bulgogi and bibimbap.

Wintertime Fun

At Hyalite Reservoir, the outdoor adventures don’t end just because the summer does. During the winter months, guests can enjoy ice climbing, cross-country skiing, and other ways to enjoy the scenic natural beauty. There are over 30 kilometers of groomed cross-country ski trails, as well as plenty of ungroomed terrain to be explored by those with an adventurous spirit. Visit the Bridger Ski Foundation’s website for more information from “Bozeman’s non-profit ski organization.”

Outdoor Adventures All Year Round

Whatever time of year you choose to visit the Hyalite Reservoir, you’ll always be sure to find exciting and scenic activities to participate in with your entire family.

The Hyalite Reservoir is accessible all year round. Reach them by phone at 406-522-2520 or their mailing address at 3710 Fallon Street, Suite C in Bozeman, MT 59718.

Head up Hyalite Canyon to GPS Coordinates:

45.4808° N, 110.9671° W

Whatever the time of year you plan to visit Palisade Falls – Bozeman, we’re ready to help you find the perfect place to stay.

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