Prickly Pear Creek Flow Restoration

Montana’s Prickly Pear Creek flows from the Elkhorn Mountains north to the Helena Valley before entering Lake Helena. BEF works with local partners to restore flows in an area where Prickly Pear Creek went dry over much of the past century.

Today, this project provides enough water for Prickly Pear Creek to maintain connectivity throughout the irrigation season—for the first time leaving natural flow in Prickly Pear Creek during the late summer season. The project restores up to one billion gallons to approximately two river miles of additional useable habitat for fish and wildlife.

* Project supports voluntary transactions to change, reduce or stop water use – either temporarily or permanently – to protect or restore water for environmental benefit

** This resource has been reviewed and found to meet the BEF Flow Program Certification Criteria for Evaluating Proposals to Secure Environmental Flows by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.


Near Helena, MT

Start Up Date:


Project Benefits:

Enhancing Recreation & Economic Benefits

Securing Water for Communities & Food Production

Water Quality Improvement

Wildlife & Habitat Protection

Project Type:

Flow Restoration Transaction *


Funding Needed

WRCs Generated:

Yes **

Project Partner

Prickly Pear Water Users Association