Bitterroot River Protection Association, a Waterkeeper Affiliate


Michael Howell
(406) 239-4838



The Bitterroot River is a tributary of the Clark Fork River in southwestern Montana. It runs for about 75 miles south-to-north through the Bitterroot Valley, from the confluence of its West and East forks near Conner to the Clark Fork near Missoula. Ravalli County and Missoula County along with the towns along the Bitterroot River, including Hamilton, Stevensville and Missoula, are popular destinations for fly fishing, with rainbow trout being fairly prevalent and with smaller populations of brown trout and westslope cutthroat trout.

Michael Howell was born in Mississippi and raised in south Texas. He earned a BA in Philosophy from Pennsylvania State University in 1974, and a Master of Arts Degree in Philosophy from University of Montana in 1982. He and his wife, Victoria, moved to the Bitterroot valley in 1985 and started the Bitterroot Star newspaper. They still own and operate the newspaper in Stevensville. Michael is an avid outdoorsman, hiker, fisher and birdwatcher. He and his wife live on a small spring creek in the Burnt Fork area of the Bitterroot in the oldest continually occupied home in western Montana.


P.O. Box 8
Stevensville, Montana 59870