Montana Highway 83

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Montana Highway 83

MT 83 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by MDT
Length91.118 mi[1] (146.640 km)
Major junctions
South end MT 200 at Clearwater Junction
Major intersections S-209
North end MT 35 north of Bigfork
CountryUnited States
CountiesFlathead, Lake, Missoula
Highway system
MT 82 MT 84

Montana Highway 83 (MT 83) is a 91.118-mile-long (146.640 km) north–south state highway in Flathead, Lake, and Missoula counties in Montana, United States, that connects Montana Highway 200 (MT 200) in Clearwater (east of Missoula) with Montana Highway 35 (MT 35) on north edge of Bigfork.

Route description

MT 83 starts at the intersection with MT 200 at Clearwater Junction, about 40 miles (64 km) east of Missoula, and runs north-northwesterly, mostly through broad, forested valleys and along scenic lakeshores within the Lolo National Forest, Flathead National Forest and Swan River State Forest, before curving west to its northern terminus at MT 35 about 3 miles (4.8 km) north of Bigfork. The region is sparsely settled, with small communities economically dependent on a mixture of logging and tourism. The largest communities along the route are Seeley Lake, Condon and Swan Lake.

MT 83 passes through mostly forest landscape, and wildlife crossings should be expected at all times. Elk herds crossing near Clearwater Junction can be hard to see at night.


Most of today's MT 83 has existed since at least 1934, originally designated as part of MT 31 as depicted on the 1935 state map.[2]

From 1960 until 1977, the southerly 84 miles (135 km) of MT 83 were a part of Secondary Highway 209 (S-209), and the northernmost 7 miles (11 km) were designated as S-326.[3]

Since 1978, a small segment of S-209 survives under its original designation, between Bigfork and a junction with the current MT 83 near Ferndale.[4] (The S-326 designation was later reused on an unrelated highway in southeastern Carter County, Montana.)

Major intersections

MissoulaClearwater Junction0.0000.000 MT 200 – Missoula, Great FallsSouthern terminus of MT 83; roadway continues into the rest area
LakeNo major intersections
S-209 west – Bigfork
Bigfork91.118146.640 MT 35 – Kalispell, PolsonNorthern terminus of MT 83
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


  1. ^ a b Staff (2013). "Montana Road Log" (PDF). Montana Department of Transportation. pp. 203–204. Retrieved February 8, 2015.
  2. ^ State Highway Map (PDF) (Map). Montana State Highway Commission. 1935. Retrieved February 14, 2015.
  3. ^ State Highway Map (PDF) (Map). Montana State Highway Commission. 1977. Retrieved February 14, 2015.
  4. ^ State Highway Map (PDF) (Map). Montana State Highway Commission. 1978. Retrieved February 14, 2015.

External links

Media related to Montana Highway 83 at Wikimedia Commons