The Yaak

“where some have gone and never come back”

Also spelled (incorrectly) Yahk, Yak, Yakt, Yahkt  and Yack.  Original spelling included Yakt and Yahk.  However, by the 1920s, Yaak became the accepted spelling for the word.  The first white men to walk through the valley were prospectors in 1865 on their way to the Wild Horse Creek Gold Rush in Canada.  The first mention of “Yak River Valley” appeared in a Deer Lodge Newspaper in 1868.

Yaak is an extremely small town in northwestern montana, complete with saloon, one-room schoolhouse, and general store (this is basically the entire town). Distinctively known as the “last great place” and proudly the farthest northwest community in Montana!

The Yaak offers an abundance of year round activity from fishing, hunting, hiking, camping, kayaking, huckleberry and mushroom picking, amazing photography and more!  The Yaak River (named by the indians – meaning arrow) flows through the mountainous northwest Montana community and meets the Kootenai river (also named by the indians – meaning bow).

The area is mostly owned by the Forest Service with only a small fraction of land owned by home and business owners.  Rugged and remote can best describe the area. A number of those who live here enjoy the solitude and are even “off the grid”.

The Yaak offers an excellent and definitely realistic get-away from the hustle and bustle of city environments. Cell phones don’t work here (so no Verizon guy – we can’t hear you now), and internet access is either from satellite or dial-up.

It has been claimed by some that the term “Yaak attack” was derived from bored natives who would drive in a triangle from Yaak, south to Libby, then northeast to Eureka, and then west, back to Yaak, hitting every bar along the way.  Go to: http://theyaak.com/

Yaak River Lodge:  http://yaakriverlodge.net/

Big Sky Fishing;  http://www.bigskyfishing.com/River-Fishing/NW-MT-Rivers/Yaak-River/Yaak-River.php