Resident’s guide to Wye, Mont.

Wye, Montana is an interesting small town located in Missoula County. Though the population is only about 400 people, the residents are friendly and outgoing. The town is located on Interstate 90 and US Highway 93, less than 10 miles northwest of Missoula and has an altitude of a little more than 3,000 feet.

Missoula metro

Widely considered to be part of the Missoula metro area, Wye is surrounded by rugged hills that give way to forests of mostly larch, fir, cedar and pine on either side of the interstate. The forests are only a few miles away from the center of town. Many area businesses are here to serve the community, while the short distance to Missoula allows the people to have access to even more. The University of Montana, in Missoula, makes this a great place to live for a student wanting a little solitude and not minding the short drive in to school.

Historic place

Council Grove State Park is about five miles from the town center, providing a relaxing and informative place for residents to learn about the history of the area. That is because the state park is the location of the signing of the treaty between the US and the Salish, Kootenai, and Pend d’Orielle Indian tribes. Fishing, hiking, biking and picnicking are only a few of the features the park offers.The park is a little less than 200 acres.

Fishing and camping

The state park is situated on the Clark Fork River, well known for it’s beauty and fish. This is considered one of the best fly fishing rivers in Montana. The trout caught here are often large and hard hitting. Trout are just one of many fish species that can be caught, too. This isn’t the only place the residents of Wye can fish, either, if that is an interest. There are also numerous streams even closer to town. There are also many lakes within 30 miles that have good fighting and great tasting fish, including Placid Lake, home of some really great trout fishing.

For people who love camping, but don’t like having to travel far to do it, there are also many campgrounds near Wye. Additionally, the forests and hills harbor a large number of species of wild animals for photographers to take pictures of. Amateur photographers are seldom without subject matter for their photos.


For hunters, this means that there are plenty of opportunities to bring home dinner. Deer, elk, pronghorns, upland game birds and waterfowl all use this place as home. Occasional big horns and moose are also seen in this area. Hunting pressure isn’t as great as one would imagine, either.

This is even a great place for bird watching, without needing to travel far from home to see them. Hawks, eagles, songbirds and hummingbirds can all be found here. Counting the number of species flying through on their way elsewhere, the total possibilities are staggering and can quickly fill up the pages of a birdwatcher’s journal. 

Wye may not be large, but it sure has a lot to offer. It is convenient, outdoor activities are plentiful and the people are friendly. There are a lot of larger towns that don’t offer nearly as much. Wye not consider this place as home?