Montana Outdoors

September 15, 2014

Terrace Lake

Terrace Lake, Cube Iron - Silcox Roadless Area, northwestern Montana

Terrace Lake in the Cube Iron – Silcox Roadless Area, western Montana


  1. That water is sure clear. Beautiful!


    Comment by wordsfromanneli — September 15, 2014 @ 7:26 pm

    • The green water was incredibly beautiful! Fish were rising all over the lake at about noon and some were pretty good size, maybe 14 – 16 inches.


      Comment by montucky — September 15, 2014 @ 8:18 pm

  2. It looks beautiful and peaceful!


    Comment by Mother Hen — September 15, 2014 @ 8:41 pm

    • It was. Although there is an excellent trail to the lake I don’t think it gets a whole lot of traffic. We were completely alone there today.

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      Comment by montucky — September 15, 2014 @ 9:30 pm

  3. Your photo is absolutely stunning, such beautiful country.


    Comment by Charlie@Seattle Trekker — September 15, 2014 @ 9:22 pm

    • There are lots of back country lakes in that area, this one is especially pretty. I will go back there toward the end of June when there will be deep snow banks below the cliffs on the far side of the water. It’s a bit of a drive to the trail head, but a wonderful trail of about two miles to the lake. It does climb about a thousand feet, but it’s really not much of a strain to make the hike and it’s well worth the effort! The lake is in the far northern part of the 37,000 acre roadless area that also contains several other lakes and some fantastic back country hiking.


      Comment by montucky — September 15, 2014 @ 9:44 pm

  4. I see you have the photo tagged with the Cube Iron-Silcox area. Is dissolved iron partially responsible for the color of the water, or is it caused purely by reflection from the trees? Whichever doesn’t really matter. It’s just lovely, and I’ll bet the water’s drinkable, too.


    Comment by shoreacres — September 15, 2014 @ 9:44 pm

    • I have no idea why the water is that color. Bright green is very unusual for these back country lakes. The water is ice cold and the lake seems to be full of trout. I’m sure it would be drinkable. This is one place that I am sure I will visit again and probably spend a night there so I can see the lake when the first rays of the sun touch it early in the morning.


      Comment by montucky — September 15, 2014 @ 9:49 pm

  5. Beautiful Terry, such wonderful colours


    Comment by Mike Howe — September 16, 2014 @ 1:41 am

    • Yes, very colorful. In a few more weeks the hillsides will add a lot more color too.


      Comment by montucky — September 16, 2014 @ 1:41 pm

  6. Beautiful, Terry.
    Amazing green and clarity in the water.


    Comment by Vicki — September 16, 2014 @ 2:50 am

    • That water is very pure, as are nearly all of the rim lakes in that region. It’s good to know that they still exist in that condition!


      Comment by montucky — September 16, 2014 @ 1:43 pm

  7. What beautiful water! And the backdrop isn’t bad, either! 🙂 It looks quite inviting for a swim, but I guess the water is going to be pretty cold?!


    Comment by Jo Woolf — September 16, 2014 @ 3:33 am

    • It probably would have been a very brief swim. The water is ice cold, and fall has come up there. When we left the trail head there was frost on the trail.

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      Comment by montucky — September 16, 2014 @ 1:44 pm

  8. Beautiful!


    Comment by centralohionature — September 16, 2014 @ 4:07 am

    • I think that’s among the prettiest of the lakes in that area.


      Comment by montucky — September 16, 2014 @ 1:44 pm

  9. I’d love to have a cabin right near where you were standing when you took the photo. It might be a wilderness but it looks like paradise to me.


    Comment by New Hampshire Garden Solutions — September 16, 2014 @ 4:15 am

    • Just a small cabin would be perfect! I could imagine spending a lot of time right there!


      Comment by montucky — September 16, 2014 @ 1:48 pm

  10. Oh, that bright green water grabs our attention in this photo. Is that common? I wonder why it’s green? Anyway, it is a stunning photo.


    Comment by Mama's Empty Nest — September 16, 2014 @ 6:37 am

    • The green that bright is very unusual. I was told this morning by someone at the local Ranger Station that it is a type of algae in the water that makes the color. The water is green, but exceptionally clear.


      Comment by montucky — September 16, 2014 @ 1:49 pm

  11. What a beautiful, serene place. I’m sure a lot of deep thinking could happen there.


    Comment by Candace — September 16, 2014 @ 10:14 pm

    • Deep, yes, and when in places like that I find myself thinking in an entirely different direction.


      Comment by montucky — September 17, 2014 @ 6:46 am

  12. Absolutely amazing photo … Love it ! … // Maria 🙂


    Comment by mariayarri — September 21, 2014 @ 7:00 am

    • Thanks Maria. That turned out to be a very pretty lake!


      Comment by montucky — September 21, 2014 @ 10:07 pm

  13. Noticed the partial moon above the mountains in a couple of those pics which lends a unique view to an already beautiful picture! Thank you


    Comment by Ron Mangels — September 22, 2014 @ 12:00 pm

    • I liked the moon in there too! Next time I visit a lake like that I want to get to it much earlier or perhaps stay a night there and try for a night shot or two!


      Comment by montucky — September 22, 2014 @ 9:57 pm

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