Montana Outdoors

June 2, 2013

Revett Lake outlet

Filed under: Idaho, Montana — Tags: , , — montucky @ 1:25 pm

At the outlet of Revett Lake

The outlet from this little high country lake on the Idaho/Montana border is located at its northeast end and creates the beginning of Cascade Creek. (Photo taken June 1, 2013)


  1. Great capture Terry. What a gorgeous setting!


    Comment by Jeff Lynch — June 2, 2013 @ 1:31 pm

    • That was my first visit there. It’s a very pretty lake setting and I think especially nice this early in the year when there is still ice on the lake and lots of snowbanks in the trees. This was about 8 AM and the sun was just hitting the lake area.


      Comment by montucky — June 2, 2013 @ 7:33 pm

  2. This is gorgeous. It looks like a painting.


    Comment by Teresa Evangeline — June 2, 2013 @ 1:45 pm

    • Yes, I could easily imagine someone painting that scene, although their fingers would be very cold. I don’t know, do oils even work in freezing temperatures?


      Comment by montucky — June 2, 2013 @ 7:35 pm

      • They could always take a photograph and paint from that. I think a lot of artists do just that. I saw a painting of a car featuring lots of chrome once and found myself looking at the reflections the artist reproduced in the chrome. Right there in a headlight was a camera on a tripod with a photographer (possibly the artist) right behind it. It may have been a self portrait. I thought it was pretty cool, and I bet the artist would have been pleased that I noticed.


        Comment by jomegat — June 2, 2013 @ 8:00 pm

        • That was indeed cool, and you are right: he would have appreciated that!


          Comment by montucky — June 2, 2013 @ 10:06 pm

  3. Beautiful.


    Comment by wordsfromanneli — June 2, 2013 @ 2:05 pm

    • It’s really nice. There are at least four lakes in that general area, this being the only one on the Idaho side. I have visited them all and they are all very pretty.


      Comment by montucky — June 2, 2013 @ 7:36 pm

  4. Stunning image!


    Comment by Watching Seasons — June 2, 2013 @ 2:31 pm

    • Thanks. It was a treat to poke my nose around a big boulder and see the outlet looking like that!


      Comment by montucky — June 2, 2013 @ 7:37 pm

  5. Beautiful! The trees look healthy….


    Comment by Roberta — June 2, 2013 @ 5:04 pm

    • That part of the forest is very healthy and the trees are already recovering from a very cold winter. Many still have several feet of snow around the base of their trunks.


      Comment by montucky — June 2, 2013 @ 7:40 pm

  6. It must be quite high up-it looks like snow and ice on the far shore.


    Comment by New Hampshire Gardener — June 2, 2013 @ 5:12 pm

    • Yes, that’s snow on the far bank. There are some very deep snowbanks and snow fields below that on that side of the mountain. You can see the ice on the water past the white rock. I will post some photos of the main lake later. Most of it is still frozen over with quite a bit of snow on the ice.


      Comment by montucky — June 2, 2013 @ 7:44 pm

  7. Snow? High up in the mountains? So cool =)


    Comment by Tricia — June 2, 2013 @ 7:51 pm

    • There was lots of snow up there Tricia. It will last at least through June and some on into July where it is in deep shade. What’s left is very dense.


      Comment by montucky — June 2, 2013 @ 10:07 pm

  8. When I see reddish growth like that on the far side in the middle, I tend to think new growth – are spring and winter meeting here, or is that some other kind of plant I don’t know about?
    It’s so beautiful – it reminds me of some of the very small alpine lakes in the Wasatch mountains in Utah.


    Comment by shoreacres — June 2, 2013 @ 9:15 pm

    • I’m not quite sure what that is: this was my first visit to that lake. It could even be Spirea. Blossom Lake, just a few miles on the other side of the divide has a lot of that and I believe that is where it got its name. It does have a few of last fall’s leaves still remaining on it but yes, it is the meeting of a long cold winter that hasn’t quite let go and the exuberance of the new spring.

      There is an abundance of such lakes in this part of Montana spread along the many miles of the Bitterroot Mountain Range and fortunately most are accessible only by foot or horseback. I also know of many in the Cabinet Mountains and a few in the Coeur d’Alenes.


      Comment by montucky — June 2, 2013 @ 10:29 pm

  9. That is a beautiful place, and the snow is still hanging on there. I love the rocks too.


    Comment by Jo Woolf — June 2, 2013 @ 11:26 pm

    • Seeing the lake and the outlet made the hike worthwhile. There is still a lot of snow there!


      Comment by montucky — June 3, 2013 @ 12:02 am

  10. Hi Montucky, What a serene place that lake seems to be. Great picture of the outflow area of that lake. Have a wonderful day today!


    Comment by wildlifewatcher — June 3, 2013 @ 9:52 am

    • Yes, serene it was. No one else within miles, just the beauty of the lake and the forest.


      Comment by montucky — June 3, 2013 @ 8:41 pm

  11. Wonderful photo Montucky. It must have been a wonderful feeling coming upon such a pristine place!


    Comment by dhphotosite — June 3, 2013 @ 11:49 am

    • It always is, David. This one especially so because when I reached it I had been hiking over snow banks for nearly two hours and was about the turn back. I gave myself two hundred more yards and caught sight of the lake at about 190!


      Comment by montucky — June 3, 2013 @ 8:43 pm

  12. oooh, I wanna go there!! looks like a perfect place, except for that snow still in the photo!


    Comment by skouba — June 3, 2013 @ 8:22 pm

    • You would love that area in the late summer Stacey, it looks like it will be an excellent and pleasant trail but you would not have liked the hike that time. I was continually climbing over snowbanks and trying to figure out where the trail was. Quite tiring. Once there though the lake was just beautiful.


      Comment by montucky — June 3, 2013 @ 8:46 pm

  13. So beautiful … This photo conveys the tranquility and stillness that i so much appreciate … // Maria


    Comment by mariayarri — June 4, 2013 @ 3:38 am

    • I appreciate it too, Maria, and that is what leads me to the wilderness.


      Comment by montucky — June 4, 2013 @ 6:43 pm

  14. What a stunning scene… These images could be used for conservation purposes, honestly.


    Comment by FeyGirl — June 4, 2013 @ 9:15 am

    • There is so much of this in the back country and roadless areas. Sometimes I think the ones who appreciate those places most are ones who cannot go there.


      Comment by montucky — June 4, 2013 @ 6:45 pm

  15. A picture of tranquility here!


    Comment by WildBill — June 4, 2013 @ 9:19 am

    • I understand that lake is visited often in its season (July through September), but on June 1 I was entirely alone there. I’ve found the right time to visit.


      Comment by montucky — June 4, 2013 @ 6:47 pm

  16. Gorgeous!!! I would love to be there now.


    Comment by Sue — June 4, 2013 @ 8:47 pm

    • I know you would enjoy much of the country here. I will be posting some trail photos of this area and some photos of the lake itself. Visiting a place like that is always a wonderful experience.


      Comment by montucky — June 4, 2013 @ 9:08 pm

  17. That water looks COLD! The evergreens are perfection as is the photo!


    Comment by kcjewel — June 4, 2013 @ 9:09 pm

    • This outlet area and about twenty feet of the lake itself are the only open water (besides the stream). The main part of the lake is still frozen over with snow on top of the ice. This is at 5800 feet.


      Comment by montucky — June 4, 2013 @ 9:53 pm

  18. This is such a peaceful, serene picture. I love it.


    Comment by Tammy — June 4, 2013 @ 10:25 pm

  19. What a stunningly beautiful place, and brilliantly photographed


    Comment by Mike Howe — June 5, 2013 @ 2:27 am

    • Thank you Mike. That is about how that place has been for thousands of years.


      Comment by montucky — June 5, 2013 @ 8:39 pm

  20. What a pretty, peaceful place? Did you have it to yourself?


    Comment by Candace — June 5, 2013 @ 8:12 pm

    • I did. It gets quite a few visitors July through September, but in June the snow is still deep and the trail hard to follow. There was no one else within 4 miles.


      Comment by montucky — June 5, 2013 @ 8:40 pm

  21. So beautiful. This could be the place where I could sit, listen to nature’s sounds and admire about it beauty.


    Comment by Sartenada — June 6, 2013 @ 11:32 pm

    • The only sounds there are from the wind and the water and the birds. A wonderful place if you like to be alone!


      Comment by montucky — June 7, 2013 @ 8:25 pm

  22. Still snow on the ground in June?
    Is it cold there still?


    Comment by Mary Strong-Spaid — June 11, 2013 @ 5:05 am

    • It is summer in the valleys here, in fact it will hit 80 today, but this valley is bordered by mountains that top out at about 7,000 feet. Up there it is cooler and the deep snows that accumulated in winter have not all melted yet.


      Comment by montucky — June 11, 2013 @ 7:08 am

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