Where Eagles Fly : Salmon Lake Island House in Montana

in photography •  8 months ago

Salmon Lake on the Clearwater River in northwestern Montana is a beautiful place during all seasons. I lensed this image of the house on an island in the middle of the lake during a strong snowstorm in mid-winter. 

Salmon Lake Island House ~ Click to Enlarge

Salmon Lake is part of the Salmon Lake State Park and was created when the Champion Timberlands Corporation originally gifted the park to commemorate three foresters who died in a 1976 plane crash. The lake and the connected waterways hold many species of fish including rainbow, cutthroat, brown, brook and bull trout, largemouth bass, white mountain whitefish, kokanee salmon, yellow perch and northern pike. 

Birds that may be spotted here include red-necked grebes, great blue herons, bald eagles, water fowl, osprey and common loons. The lake is surrounded by largely woodland mountains, with ponderosa pine, western larch, and douglas fir being the dominant tree species.

Looking closely at the island, this would be a beautiful place to sit out a storm for sure. When the lake is frozen like this you can easily walk across to the island.

This is another image from my project "Where Eagles Fly". 

About The Project

Where Eagles Fly - The American Wilderness Expedition is my personal mission to introduce people to these amazing locations that surround us. I am piloting a bush plane while exploring and filming throughout the remote back-country areas of North America to raise awareness of the 47% of the USA and 90% of Canada that remain unpopulated wilderness.

About The Author

My name is Zedekiah Morse and I'm a Bush Pilot, Photographer, Explorer and Filmmaker. I live in the Rocky Mountains and devote my time and resources to exploring as much of the world as I can by air. If you wish to watch a short film detailing how I do my work and this project, go here.

Thanks for your support and Yehaw!!

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Like usually great work! Amazing shots and interesting Story!👏✌️


Thanks! stay tuned ...much more cool pics and stories coming soon.

Great stuff, been following for awhile now and glad to see some areas that I have been too!! Montana boy here lol


Yehaw! glad to hear you been following...lots of Montana stories on the way

Salmon Lake looks like a great place to visit. Talk about scenic views. A real treat for those who love Winter, but live in areas of the country which #NEVER get now. Thanks for the share.


Yes, it is a beautiful place in all 4 seasons.

You make me curious about the people who live in this isolated spot...


It is wonderful living in isolation from the craziness! :)


I could use a little of that isolation about now!

You are always amazing us with your outstanding photos but also educating us along the way. I want to say Thank You for that. Great job @skypilot


It really makes me happy to hear that so thanks so much!

Very beautiful @skypilot a beautiful photo work I really like, good luck brather

Looks sooo gorgeous!
Also very catchy and good writen Abouts at the End :)
By far my favourtie channel out here :))
Unbelieveable good way to travel!!

Do you have to do a lot of things beforehand flying?
Like bureaucratic stuff, announcing flights like days before and stuff?? :)

good luck with more locations,
johannes (:


Hey Johannes thanks for the kind words. No I don't really have to deal with much at all when flying into these places. I fly mostly in what is known as "G" airspace, meaning uncontrolled airspace. So as long as I adhere to the stated and published rules about flying over wildlife habitats or state and national parks and preserves then I am good to go. But as far as doing a bunch of stuff beforehand I make certain my survival gear is all up to date and that my supplies and equipment is all good. And obviously weather planning and flight planning to make sure where I am going is good to go into at the time. Thanks for asking!